Manos Nathan

 
Whakaopakoko I 1998
Clay and oxides
63 x 60 x 52 cm
"This work is inspired by the forms of the carved funerary chests created by my ancestors in pre European contact times. The art form was lost with the advent and acceptance of Christianity by my Tipuna (ancestors). I have worked with these forms in wood for many years in the making of pou-whenua and pou-whakamahara (memorial posts). I have lately begun to explore the sculptural potential in the form in the ceramic medium."
 

 

 

 
Manos Nathan
Born 1948
Maori
(Te Roroa /
Ngati Whatua /
Nga Puhi)
 
 
Born in Rawene and from New Zealand's Hokianga district, Manos Nathan's work is held in collections in New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and Germany. A renowned Master carver and ceramist, Nathan has been exhibiting internationally for over twenty years, and has been particularly instrumental in the development and promotion of maori ceramics art movement.
"In my efforts to create an identity / profile for works in clay, I have adapted design and styles from the customary art forms of wood, stone and bone carving, from ta moko (tattoo) and from the weaving arts of taniko (cloak boarders) and tukutuku (woven panels). My intent has been to forge a link with Maori custom and traditional values; to imbue a medium with integrity and to make works in clay accessible to Maori."

Whakaopakoko I 1998
Clay and oxides
63 x 60 x 52 cm

Tauihu Hou 1999
Clay with terra siggillata
82.5 x 29 x 38 cm
 
 
 

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