ObeliskGottfried Lindauer

Portrait of Ihaka Whanga

Portrait of Ihaka Whanga, 1870, Gottfried Lindauer
Portrait of Ihaka Whanga, zoomed in
83.6 cm72 cm

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

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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, an ancestral practice known as “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, and his son Hirini Whanga traveled to Utah, and the Whanga name would become tied to the growth of a 4000+ member Mormon church in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Reed Enger, "Portrait of Ihaka Whanga," in Obelisk Art History, Published April 30, 2016; last modified May 16, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/gottfried-lindauer/portrait-of-ihaka-whanga/.

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