is the beloved Maori sea maiden
who is destined to fall in love with a human man, the young village
Karitoku. She resides in the ocean facing the Hukarere cliff base of
In this depiction she is still a young keiki (baby child), tenderly
embraced by her
mother Malina on their clamshell bed.
(In a specifically Hawaiian
legend, this mermaid keiki is
Pimoe. As Pimoe, she grew to be so beautiful that Pele the volcano
goddess flew into a jealous rage and turned her into lava stone.)
The greedy sea-hag, vicinity
notoriously steals first-born merchildren. When she comes for Pania,
the sea-hag becomes distracted by the lustrous illusion of a perfect
pearl, birthed magically by the clamshell aumakua-- guardian spirit--
its womblike opening below. As Malina holds Pania protectively behind
the witch tries repeatedly to grab for the pearl. Being
her hands swish right through it. Finally, she gives up, and goes
on her way. Malina and Pania share a secret smile.
artwork Museum Grade Giclee is available in both Limited
Canvas, and Open Edition on acid free imaging photopaper.
Limited Edition 300 on Canvas, $1200
a certificate of authenticity, hand signed, and an insightful
explanation of the Polynesian legend.
PRINTS are acid-free, giclee or laser, come complete with the written
legend, and are matted in an elegant double matte,
cream white with
acid-free gold lining.
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