Karearea - The Eye of Ra
gouache, acrylic, oil, glitter, gold leaf, charm bracelet and kauri leaves on paper, 2006
SACRED MA-URI STONE
Ra: Maori, 'God of the Sun'; Egyptian, 'God of the Sun'
This stone was regarded with great veneration. It represented Mankind: Man, by the surrounding outline (male organ and beak combined), and Woman and the Land by inner circle and ring. It was usually made of the finest jade (pounamu, greenstone, nephrite).
To the New Zealand Maori, 'Ma-Uri' were sacred words. 'Ma' meant the Improved Man [or Woman], and 'Uri' meant the offspring by Sacred Marriage of Selected Parents. That is, Ma-Uri means the Children of God, the Sons [and daughters] of Heaven, the Holy Family; where-as Pa-keha (the name given to Europeans) means the Insanitary People) ('Pa', clan, people or nation; 'ke-ha', insanitary, diseased, stagnant, bad-breathed, scrofulous, syphilitic) - a reference to the spreading by Europeans of such diseases as syphilis, gonorrhoea, tuberculosis, etc., etc.' [Ettie Rout, 1928]
210mm x 300mm