Click to enlarge"Pu'u Loa  Glyphs"
 by Hawaii Artist Ilze Sims

"Pu'u Loa Glyphs"

Hawaiian Petroglyph Raised Relief Painting

Original Acrylic Art by Ilze Sims

Measurement: 24" x 24 x 2.5" on extra deep gallery wrap canvas

Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

This painting has a richly textured background in earthy tones of copper, browns, antique bronze and gold, with a verdigris blue green patina resembling moss covered lava rock. The raised relief of the petroglyphs combined with the texture create a beautiful 3D effect.

Painted in my studio on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Signed and dated on the back. Add a distinctive Hawaiian theme and tropical touch to your home with this original stunning piece. The earthy tones go with just about any color scheme and the metallic colors add a bright contemporary feel.

Petroglyphs depicted are from the Pu'uloa area in the Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. Pu'uloa mean " Long Life". They tell the story of every day life in Hawaii, in earlier times.

The largest petroglyph field in Polynesia is found at a site called Pu’uloa, inside the Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. There are more than 23 000 petroglyphs carved into the pahoehoe (smooth-surface) lava field. This field is a sacred and awe-inspiring outdoor gallery, revealing the lives and thoughts of their creators. They tell stories of events, travels and even lay out moral guidelines for life.

Petroglyphs found in the field are human representations, birds, horses, canoe sails, feathered cape motifs and a vast selection of geometric shapes, circles, cryptic dots, lines and symbols

Pu’uloa means “long hill” but is also interpreted by Hawaiians to mean “long life”. For ancient Hawaiians, petroglyphs not only had aesthetic value but they served a higher, spiritual purpose for longevity and well-being. For many generations, a Hawaiian tradition has been to place a newborn’s umbilical cord in one of the small holes in the rock, hoping to ensure a long life for the child.

Archeologists estimate that the carvings at Pu’u Loa were made between 1200 and 1450 AD.

If you're interested in other sizes to fit your space and needs, please message me and I'll be happy to help. Mahalo!

"Pu'u Loa Glyphs" 24" x 24" Hawaiian Volcano Petroglyph Raise Relief Painting by Artist Ilze Sims
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