• Māori Markings: Tā Moko

Māori Markings: Tā Moko


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Author Crispin Howarth
ISBN 9780642334800
Pages 104
Materials Full colour | Paperback
Size 25 x 25 cm
Weight 0.7 kilograms


The Māori art of tā moko, skin marking, has existed for centuries and, although it likely comes from the Polynesian art of tatau, it is a unique cultural expression of identity distinct to Aotearoa New Zealand. The word ‘tatau’ quickly became the word ‘tattoo’, when in was introduced to Europe two hundred and fifty years ago. This book explores the connected histories of the colonisation of Aotearoa New Zealand and the tradition of ta moko, the unique Maori art of marking the skin with patterns that project a person’s prestige, authority and identity. Captivating photographs, paintings and sculptures trace the history of Ta Moko from the eighteenth century to its contemporary resurgence.