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On display

Ta Moko

ON NOW
Te Kākano Lounge, Māori Court

Pulman, E. (1860-1889). Mahi Poki, Orakei

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. PH-2015-10-p55-1.

Haere mai kia kite i te tino tikanga o te moko me te ‘tatau’ (tattoo) i te Moana nui a Kiwa. Ma nga taonga ake, ma nga whakaahua me nga ataata, ka titiro tenei whakaaturanga iti ki nga mahi ta moko, mai i ona timatanga hei toi tapu, tae atu ki ona ahuatanga huhua i waenga i nga taonga hokohoko o naianei.

Discover what wearing moko and tatau (tattoos) means in the Pacific. Through objects, photographs and video, this small display looks at the practice of tattooing, from its origins as a sacred art to its application on contemporary merchandise.