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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,A38.8

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); from an album, containing images of Maori people; two young women wearing cloaks, and a huia feather each in their hair; New Zealand.
    Photogravure

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21 centimetres (mount)
    • Width: 28.6 centimetres (mount)
    • Height: 14.2 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 19.6 centimetres (image)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front
      • Inscription Content

        Maori Maidens, N.Z.
      • Inscription Comment

        photochemically inscribed
  • Curator's comments

    This photograph is from an album of 19 images, containing images of Maori people.The garments worn appear to be piupiu or rapaki, which could be worn as waist mats or around the shoulders. The rapaki is thought to be the antecedent of the piupiu.
    See p.117, Pendergrast, M., 1987. Te aho tapu: The sacred thread. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed Methuen.

    See comments relating to the pake karure, hihi or hihihihi cloak, which was also worn as a piupiu, and has a similar appearance to the garment on the left. P.9, Hopa, N., 1971. The art of piupiu making. Wellington, N.Z.: A.H. & A.W. Reed.

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  • Condition

    A white line on the print, from the negative(?).

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,A38.8

Photograph (black and white) from an album; two young women wearing korowai tassel cloaks, and a huia feather each in their hair; New Zealand
Photogravure

Photograph (black and white) from an album; two young women wearing korowai tassel cloaks, and a huia feather each in their hair; New Zealand Photogravure

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