Huia have been extinct since the early 1900s. Their extinction is believed to have been caused by loss of habitat due to deforestation and by hunting as their tail feathers were prized by Māori. The group of 12 feathers from a huia’s tail was called a mareko, and was worn by high chiefs going into battle. Huia feathers were kept in a carved wooden box called a waka huia.
The huia was a magpie-sized bird with orange wattles and a white-tipped tail, black plumage with an iridescent green/blue sheen and the females (like this one) had a long curved beak which could be up to 10 centimetres long!
This artwork also features a giant wētā.
Limited Edition Fine Art Giclée Print. Professionally printed with light-fast UltraChrome HD pigment inks onto 340gsm archival fine art paper. The paper has an elegant natural white colour with a textured surface. 100% cotton fibre, acid and lignin free
This is a Limited Edition print of 100
Each print is hand signed, named, numbered, printed and packaged by the artist
Unframed print will come packaged in clear cellophane bag with a detachable foam board backing to protect the print. Also included is a certificate of authenticity, signed by the artist.
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