Silhouette - Maori Man

Ancient Mâori tattooing (moko) was an art form that used a chisel (uhi) made of albatross bone to carve or create grooves into the skin. A Tohunga-ta-moko (moko specialist) applied pigment into these grooves which consisted mainly of awheto (vegetable caterpillar) and various charcoals. Each moko design differed from another which usually signalled a persons status and rank.

Heru (hair ornaments) were used by Mâori men to fasten their long hair into a topknot. Heru also indicated the rank of the wearer and were either made from wood or prized whale bone.

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Giclee - printed on premium museum quality photoprahic fine art paper; 100% cotton; acid, lignin and chlorine free; does not contain any optical brightners; pigment inks used. Unframed. Each print is personally signed and numbered.