Maori tattoo meanings

Collection by Graham


Picture of Maori women from the 1800's.

Here if glory is a Moari high born (worrior class) women. Notice the Moko or facial tattoo's made in the old way with chisel and ink, even over all her lips. The Tiki or jade stone pedant hanging form her neck for protection. And the Pounamo Mere or Jade hand axe, a prized item. This material was the most precious thing the Moari believed it help spirit and also was very hard for making very good weapons from.

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Portratit of Chief Hauraki, 19th century. Albumen print.…

Portratit of Chief Hauraki, 19th century. Albumen print. Captioned Paul Chief Hauraki

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Ta Moko

Tā moko is the art of facial and body tattooing among the Māori of New Zealand and is one of the world's most unique, complex and beautiful tattoo traditions. Considered a sacred art form by many