Muriwai

Colin McCahon


"These drawings have to do with the days and nights of the wilderness and our constant need for help and protection. The Symbols are very simple. The I of the sky, falling light and enlightened land, is also ONE. The T of sky and light falling into a dark landscape is also the T of the Tau or Old Testament, or Egyptian Cross." - Colin McCahon

The emphasis on the Tau cross has its symbolic significance. Commonly regarded as a pre-christian cross, it is frequently associated with Moses: first, as the sign with which the Israelites marked the doorposts of their dwellings in Egypt on the night of the passover, and secondly as the shape of the staff, with the brazen serpent, lifted up by Moses while in the wilderness. - Gordon H. Brown, Colin McCahon: Artist 1984

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