34. Charles Frederick Goldie
The Weariness of the Aged - Kapi Kapi an Arawa Chieftainess Aged 102 Years
Oil on canvas
25.8 x 20.3 cm
Signed & dated 1918
est. $280,000 - 350,000
Fetched $275,000
Relative Size: The Weariness of the Aged - Kapi Kapi an Arawa Chieftainess Aged 102 Years
Relative size

Ex collection Sir Henry Brett, Takapuna, Auckland
Private Collection, Auckland

Brett's Christmas Annual, 1 December 1924
p. 251 C F Goldie His Life & Painting,
Alister Taylor & Jan Glen, Alister Taylor publishing 1977

'The Weariness of the Aged' features a portrait of Ahinata Te Rangituatini, also known as Kapi Kapi, of Rotorua (c.1800 -1902) who was one of Goldie's favourite sitters and he painted her at least twenty two times. She was an Arawa Chieftainess, a member of the Tuhourangi tribe living at Whakarewarewa. The sister of the Arawa chief Haerehuka, Kapi Kapi survived the 1886 Tarawera eruption and witnessed the assault of Pukeroa Pa at Ohinemutu. On her shoulders were scars of wounds self-inflicted with pieces of obsidian as a sign of mourning. According to the historian and friend of Goldie, James Cowan, Kapi Kapi worked until the end of her long life, evidence, in his opinion, that the 'old-time Maori' were 'truly a Spartan race'. Kapi Kapi was renowned for her moko, which Goldie depicted in fine detail. According to Cowan, she was the only Maori woman painted by Goldie who had a rare spiral nostril tattoo. She died at the age of 102 after falling into a hot pool, it is said deliberately as was the custom among some of the aged Maori. Reproduced with the kind permission of Alister Taylor. C F Goldie: His Life & Painting and C F Goldie: Prints, Drawings & Criticism, Alister Taylor & Jan Glen, 1979