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Rangi and Papatūānuku, 1907

Rangi and Papatūānuku, 1907

Like many Europeans in the 19th century, the German artist Wilhelm Dittmer was fascinated by Māori culture. This 1907 drawing depicts Rangi (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother) separated by tī koūka, a cabbage tree.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: P q572.9931 DIT 1907, p. 16
Drawing by Wilhelm Dittmer

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James N. Bade, 'Germans - Contribution to New Zealand life: 1800s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by James N. Bade, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015