TLF ID R2045
This is an oil painting by New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie (1870-1947). It measures 99.9 cm x 125 cm and was painted in 1903. It depicts Ina Te Papatahi, a female elder (kuia) from Ngä Puhi (a tribe from Hokianga in the northern North Island). She sits on the porch of a run-down meeting house (wharenui) next to a carved wooden ancestral figure, which is dusty and chipped. Eyes averted, she rests her chin on her hand and smokes a pipe. A blanket is slung across her shoulders.