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Nga Huia

Original painting available through Parnell Gallery, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 300 x 300mm, 2013

Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

In traditional Māori life the huia’s white-tipped black feathers were worn by people of high rank and were kept in a special carved box called a waka huia.

Huia went extinct in the early 20th century due to rampant overhunting to procure huia skins for mounted specimens, which were in worldwide demand by museums and wealthy private collectors, as well for their feathers for traditional Māori headdresses. The second major cause of extinction was the widespread deforestation of the lowlands of the North Island by European settlers to create pasture for agriculture.

Most Huia had black plumage with a green metallic tinge and distinctive rounded bright orange wattles at the gape. This artwork by Minson, adapted from a painting by J.G. Keulemanssome, depicts a male and also a very rare albinistic female.

The beak of the male was short and robust, very similar to that of the closely related saddleback, while the female's beak was finer, longer at around 10 cm, and curved downward like that of a hummingbird or honeyeater.

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 75 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 550mm high x 550mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border.  Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD).  Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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