“Blessing the Pharaoh” symbolises the dawning of a new age that returns the sacred feminine back into harmony in our psyche. The painting tells an alchemical, archetypal story of inner sight unifying left and right brain ways of thinking. The figures are based on the Egyptian statue in Cairo museum of the gods Horus (left) and Seth (right) blessing Ramesses III.
The central figure has Sofia’s eyes and the facial features and moko kauae (chin tattoo) of her tupuna (ancestors). She embodies atua wahine - divine feminine lunar energy. The artist sees her as Hine-nui-te-pō, the goddess at the threshold of life and death who guards her human children as they travel through Rarohenga, the underworld.
Sofia is drawn to the ever-unfolding wisdom and links between Māori and Egyptian myths, which demonstrate principles of nature in the form of gods and goddesses. Here the artist weaves a new cross-cultural story, yet it is an eternally old one about the transformation of consciousness. With these symbols the taonga (treasures) of ancestral knowledge are passed onto future generations.
Artwork by Sofia Minson
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