In New Zealand Māori mythology Te Marama the Moon was the son of the creators of all different forms of light, Tangotango and Wainui, children of Rangi, Sky Father, and Papa, Earth Mother.
It was believed that all living beings beneath the Moon would eventually die, while those above would live forever. The fate of the Moon is different however. Being between both worlds, in cycles he dies then is restored to life.
This mask sculpture depicts Te Marama the Moon. From the rear, Rona, a woman who lives in the moon, can be seen. One dark night Rona, attempting to fill a gourd with water cursed the moon for not showing enough light.
Te Marama, enraged by her outburst descended to earth and abducted her. Now if one looks closely at a full moon she can be seen.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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