About this object

Black and white photograph of a man with facial tattoos wearing four white feathers in his hair, an earring and a cape with cylindrical leaf strip tassels. He holds a taiaha (long club/fighting staff) with doghair tassels. Title: 'Mohi Te Pongamau'. 'L.1' written in pencil on the reverse. Portrait format.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Not recorded
  • Materials
    Paper; Technique: Photographic print
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Donor unknown
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    16.7 x 0.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Note
    This is a photograph of Mohi te Ngu, a Maori chief who was well-known in Auckland in the mid 19th century for his love of fine clothing. He is shown in many photographs of the time in both Maori and European fashions. Also known as 'Moses' and 'Josiah Martin', he was boatman to William Swainson (1809-1884), Attorney General of New Zealand, and was also a friend of the family of Chief Justice William Martin.
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