Monday, May 26, 2008

Early Tattooed Maori Portrait

Maori Portrait,Ca 1840, Watercolor on paper , Inscribed "Maki New Zealander " image measures 11 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches. the unusual neck tattoo has been identified as Tongan, suggesting "Maki" at sometime visited Tonga, possibly as a crew member of a whaling ship.

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