John Webber (After) John Hall (Engraver) Samuel Middiman (Engraver)

The Natche, a Ceremony in Honour of the King’s Son, in Tongataboo

The Natche, a Ceremony in Honour of the King’s Son, in Tongataboo by John Webber, John Hall, Samuel Middiman

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At Mu’a from 8 to 9 July Cook and his crew observed the Insai or Natche ceremony, the meaning of which is something of a mystery; although given its focus on the Fatafehi Paulaho’s son, it is thought to have marked his coming of age. Cook wrote that it celebrated the first occasion upon which father and son ate together. Food played a central role in the celebrations; the line of figures depicted carry sticks from which smaller sticks are tied symbolically representing yams which are presented to Paulaho and his son who sit inside the hut in the left middleground.

(See J&S Vol. III, Text pp.38-9, Cat. 3.61-3.61A)

Title
The Natche, a Ceremony in Honour of the King’s Son, in Tongataboo
Artist/creator
Production date
1784
Medium
engraving on paper
Dimensions
310 x 485 mm
Inscription
22. J. Webber del.. Landscape by S. Middiman. [title]. Figures by J. Hall..
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2007
Accession no
2007/29/6
Copyright
Copyright Expired
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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