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Portrait of Maori Chief Premium Photographic Print at Art.com

Portrait of Maori Chief

Portrait of Maori Chief Premium Photographic Print at Art.com

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Portrait of a Maori with Tattoed Face

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midnight-gallery: “ Māori Tā Moko face marking was a sacred practice among the indigenous of New Zealand. Each moko design was unique to each individual, (no two designs were ever the same as they.

Maori used kiwi feathers chiefly for ceremonial cloaks (kahu-kiwi). Kahu-kiwi are usually named and are reserved for chiefs because they’re considered as taonga(treasures). They are said to carry the wairua(spirit) of the birds themselves. During significant events – incl. deaths, marriages –a kahu-kiwi is drawn over the shoulders as a symbol of chieftainship and high birth.     Today, the tradition of kahu-kiwi is continued using feathers gathered from kiwi that die naturally or by…

Maori used kiwi feathers chiefly for ceremonial cloaks (kahu-kiwi). Kahu-kiwi are usually named and are reserved for chiefs because they’re considered as taonga(treasures). They are said to carry the wairua(spirit) of the birds themselves. During significant events – incl. deaths, marriages –a kahu-kiwi is drawn over the shoulders as a symbol of chieftainship and high birth. Today, the tradition of kahu-kiwi is continued using feathers gathered from kiwi that die naturally or by…

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Unidentified kuia (elderly Maori woman) with a moko on her chin and lips. She wears a kahu huruhuru (feather cloak), a pendant (probably made of greenstone), and feathers in her hair. This image was taken circa by an unidentified photographer.

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Maori tattoos are among the most distinctive tattoos in the world. Read on to discover more about the sacred tattoo art of the Maori.

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Portrait of a Maori with Tattoed Face

Portrait of a Maori with Tattoed Face Photographic Print at Art.com

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Tomika Te Mutu, a chief of the Ngai te rangi tribe, 1878 [on facts about tattoos] ©National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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