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photographic print / album

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,A38.2

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); from an album, containing images of Maori people; two women greeting one another by shaking hands and pressing noses (hongi); one woman standing, the other sitting; both wearing korowai (tag cloaks); with huia feathers in their hair; one woman holding a patu (club); in the background is a spear; two poupou (carved house panels); and tukutuku panels (of woven reeds); in the foregoround an unidentified feathered object; Whakarewarewa, New Zealand.
    Albumen print

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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21 centimetres (mount)
    • Width: 28.6 centimetres (mount)
    • Height: 13.9 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 19.9 centimetres (image)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front
      • Inscription Content

        "Hongi", Maori Salutation, N.Z.
      • Inscription Comment

        photochemically inscribed
  • Curator's comments

    A hongi (a traditional Maori greeting), where people press their noses together.This photograph is taken in Te Rauru meeting house by Thomas Pringle as in Oc,A39 as the setting is the same.
    This photograph is from an album of 19 images, containing images of Maori people.

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,A38.2

Photograph (black and white) from an album; two women greeting one another traditionally, by holding hands and having their faces up close to one another; one woman standing, the other sitting; both wearing korowai cloaks, with huia feathers in their hair; one woman holding a patu (club);  in the background is a spear; two wooden pou (post) carvings, and tumatakahuki (woven reed panels); in the foregoround an unidentified feathered object; New Zealand
Albumen print

Photograph (black and white) from an album; two women greeting one another traditionally, by holding hands and having their faces up close to one another; one woman standing, the other sitting; both wearing korowai cloaks, with huia feathers in their hair; one woman holding a patu (club); in the background is a spear; two wooden pou (post) carvings, and tumatakahuki (woven reed panels); in the foregoround an unidentified feathered object; New Zealand Albumen print

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