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Maori Tattooing
by H. G. Robley

ISBN: 9780486430928
PUBLISHER: Dover Publications Inc.
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 240
PUBLICATION DATE: 1.01.2004
DIMENSIONS: 240mmX157mmX17mm 395grams

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This classic of ethnography was assembled in the 19th century by an astute observer and skilled illustrator who first encountered the Maori art during his military service in New Zealand. Maori tattooing (moko) consists of a complex design of marks, made in ink and incised into the skin, that communicate the bearer's genealogy, tribal affiliation, and spirituality. This well-illustrated volume relates how moko first became known to Europeans and discusses the distinctions between men and women's moko, patterns and designs, moko in legend and song, and the practice of mokomokai: the preservation of the heads of Maori ancestors.

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