Gottfried Lindauer painting of a Maori man being tattooed, late nineteenth century. Before beginning his work, the tohunga-ta-moko (the tattooer) would study the face and decide which features to accentuate. The design was first traced in charcoal before permanent marks were made using a chisel of sharp obsidian or bone.

Gottfried Lindauer painting of a Maori man being tattooed, late nineteenth century. Before beginning his work, the tohunga-ta-moko (the tattooer) would study the face and decide which features to accentuate. The design was first traced in charcoal before permanent marks were made using a chisel of sharp obsidian or bone.

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