Adorned Histories


exhibition Details

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.

Image credits:

Adorned Histories (installation view), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2016

Curated by
Nigel Borell
Level 1
Free entry