Māori have always communicated a sense of personal expression and status through body adornment practices. The Māori portraits of Gottfried Lindauer (1839–1926) are a stunning reminder of this rich history in Aotearoa New Zealand. From hand-held weapons such as mere pounamu, wahaika, pātītī and taiaha, to the body adorned with huia feathers, hei tiki, kuru and mako (shark) ear lashings, these paintings show the breadth of Māori adornment histories masterfully captured by Gottfried Lindauer.
Adorned Histories (installation view), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2016
- Curated by
- Nigel Borell
- Level 1
- Free entry