Klementyna Papsiejew

Klementyna Papsiejew

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Portrait of a young Ngati Maru woman wearing korowhai and hei tiki. Original carte de visite, c.

Moko is the name for a Māori permanent body marking. It was originally carved with bones creating a scarring on the skin rather than a tattoo made with a needle and ink. Each moko is unique to the wearer. It depicts the story of the wearer’s family, their ancestral tribe, and their position within that group. The moko is created by the Tohunga tā moko. Māori men have moko on their faces, backs, buttocks, and thighs. Women mostly have a moko kauae on their lips, chins, and necks, and…

Moko is the name for a Māori permanent body marking. It was originally carved with bones creating a scarring on the skin rather than a tattoo made with a needle and ink. Each moko is unique to the wearer. It depicts the story of the wearer’s family, their ancestral tribe, and their position within that group. The moko is created by the Tohunga tā moko. Māori men have moko on their faces, backs, buttocks, and thighs. Women mostly have a moko kauae on their lips, chins, and necks, and…

Head and shoulders portrait of Rena Punehu (also named Reima Paroto) wearing a cloak and tiki. Beautiful

Head and shoulders portrait of Rena Punehu (also named Reima Paroto) wearing a cloak and tiki, taken ca 1872 by Foy Brothers.

New Zeland | Portrait of Hati Wira Takahi, Ngapuhi chief. Hati Wira Takah, King Country | Auckland : E Pulman, c1873

New Zeland | Portrait of Hati Wira Takahi, Ngapuhi chief. Hati Wira Takah, King Country | Auckland : E Pulman, c1873

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This is one of the beautiful things I love about New Zealand. An older Maori man wearing a business suit with a purple tie has his long hair up and has traditional facial tattoos covering from his temples down.