Mataaliʻi | Mataliʻi | Makaliʻi oil painting
 by Jon Apisa

Mataaliʻi | Mataliʻi | Makaliʻi oil painting

Mataaliʻi | Mataliʻi | Makaliʻi (Pleiades - Messier 45) oil painting by Jon Apisa.

The original artwork is inspired by how the people of Sāmoa and Polynesia identify the Pleiades (Messier 45) asterism / star cluster.

Pleiades (Messier 45) is an asterism/open cluster/star cluster.

With consideration to its visibility and identification throughout Polynesia, it was high value for Polynesian Astronomy and Polynesian Navigation.

Pleiades (Messier 45) is known as:

  • Mataaliʻi | Mataliʻi in Sāmoa
  • Makaliʻi in Hawaiʻi
  • Mataliki in Tonga
  • Makariʻi in Tahiti

16" x 20" (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)




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