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Portrait of Ihaka Whanga

Gottfried Lindauer, 1870
Portrait of Ihaka Whanga, Gottfried Lindauer
Portrait of Ihaka Whanga, zoomed in
83.6 cmPortrait of Ihaka Whanga scale comparison72 cm
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Portrait of Ihaka Whanga is an Oil on Canvas Painting created by Gottfried Lindauer in 1870. It lives at the Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits. Download

Ihaka Whanga was the only survivor of a tribal raid that killed his parents and five brothers. He dedicated his life to achieving peace through marriage, the ancestral practice of “Te Kupenga a Te Huki.” Whanga was married three times to Kahungunu women from influential families. Later in life, Whanga converted to the Mormon faith, his son Hirini Whanga traveled to Utah, and the Whanga name became tied to the growth of a 4000+ member Mormon church in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

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