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Moko : the art and history of Māori tattooing /

By: Contributor(s): Publication details: Twickenham, Middlesex, United Kingdom : Senate, 1998.Description: xxi, 216 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 22 cmISBN:
  • 9781859585283
  • 1859585280
Other title:
  • Art and history of Maori tattooing [Portion of title]
Subject(s): LOC classification:
  • GN667.N9 R7 1998
Contents:
Part 1. Moko: How moko first became known to Europeans ; Men's moko ; Women's moko ; Moko processes and tapu ; Patterns and designs ; Operators or artists in moko ; Mokoed Europeans and mokoed visitors to Europe ; Moko in legend and song ; Decadence of moko -- Part 2. Mokomokai: Tradition, history and incidents ; Methods of embalming ; Mokoed heads in museums and collections.
Summary: This classic of ethnography was assembled in the 19th century by an astute observer and skilled illustrator who first encountered the Māori art during his military service in New Zealand. Māori 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 definitive study and 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 Māori ancestors.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-212) and index.

Part 1. Moko: How moko first became known to Europeans ; Men's moko ; Women's moko ; Moko processes and tapu ; Patterns and designs ; Operators or artists in moko ; Mokoed Europeans and mokoed visitors to Europe ; Moko in legend and song ; Decadence of moko -- Part 2. Mokomokai: Tradition, history and incidents ; Methods of embalming ; Mokoed heads in museums and collections.

This classic of ethnography was assembled in the 19th century by an astute observer and skilled illustrator who first encountered the Māori art during his military service in New Zealand. Māori 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 definitive study and 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 Māori ancestors.

Originally published: Moko, or, Māori tattooing. London : Chapman and Hall, 1896.

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