Māori Tā Moko face marking was a sacred practice among the indigenous tribes of New Zealand. Each moko design was unique to each individual, (no two designs were ever the same as they were never duplicated) and signified a young man’s transition from childhood to manhood. As well as representing rank and status these marks also had significant meaning to the wearer, symbolically connecting them to their ancestors and lineage.

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

New Zealand | "Meri Tupe Otu". ca 1863 - 1875 | © E. S Richards / Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

mister-nobody: “les-sources-du-nil: Edward Smallwood Richards Portrait of Mere Tupe-o-tu, of Taranaki, taken, probably in the late Moriori, Inhabitant of the Chatham Islands ” —.

Maori man, possibly Nikorima Tamaihurihuri, wearing a Maori cloak

Unidentified Maori man, possibly Nikorima Tamaihurihuri, wearing a Maori cloak, taken circa by an unidentified photographer.

New Zealand | Maori Chief Rangitira Anawa ~ scanned postcard; published in the 50s

Maori Chief Rangitira Anawa rppc Amulet New Zealand 50s

Maori Chief Rangitira Anawa rppc Amulet New Zealand

maori boy

A tamaiti maori (Maori boy) from Aotearoa, with traditional kotikoti cape and kaka feathers.

Hami Te Hau, [between 1870 and 1890] wearing a korowai (tag cloak), photographed probably by Samuel Carnell of Napier.

Hami Te Hau, [between 1870 and wearing a korowai (tag cloak), photographed probably by Samuel Carnell of Napier.

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