This is an early portrait of a Māori man. hair is in a topknot (putiki) adorned with feathers and a wooden comb (heru). He has a facial moko, and two greenstone adornments; an earring and a hei tiki around his neck. There is also a flax cloak around his shoulders. The artist who drew this was Sydney Parkinson.
New Zealand | Maori warrior with moko face; Ta moko: traditional technique of body decoration (and different from tattoo) through marking skin by carving with a chisel (uhi); men usually received moko on faces, buttocks and thighs | 19th century | Photographer ? (Prismatic Pcitures)
The Maori tribe is native to New Zealand; their predecessors having migrated from Eastern Polynesia. The Polynesians first started moving to New Zealand after 800A.D. Hence the Maori tattoos have been around for a very long time and their roots are traced back to the art and culture of Polynesia. There are plenty of Maori tattoos photos or foto tatuaggi Maori as they are referred to in Italian for you to browse through.
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