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George French Angas
25 April 18224 October 1886

Artist, naturalist, writer.

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A monupent in memory of Te Whero Whero's daughter at Raroera Pa, Waikato. European influences are noticeable in this elaborate monument which was drawn by Angas during his journey through the North Island Angas's version of the Maori swing game, in the Taupo region. A player let go his rope as he swung over the water and fell splashing into the pool below Comapre Heaphy's version of storehouse with this one from Angas, described as a 'Storehouse for food, belonging to the chief Te Heuheu, at Taupo.' As before, carvings decorate this house. Two empty gourds used for storing birds are seen to the right, and at the left a Maori woman is beating fern root Examples of Maori art, from Angas. Top—Carved box, and head of a carved wooden spear. Left—'Raised stand for supporting tapued articles consecrated to the dead.' Centre—Image of Rangihaeata. Right—Canoe stern-post. Below—Box Fig. 43.—A sketch from Angas's book (1846) dyed lacerations at a mourning G. F. Angas drew Maketu House, Otawhao Pa (East Coast, North Island), and described it as being 'constructed entirely of wood, and thatched with raupo . . . . the carving bestowed upon the figures that so profusely adorn this "war temple" exhibits a wonderful degree of labour and skill.' This is an interesting drawing of an old-time Maori meeting house—not a 'war temple' as Angas states In 'The New Zealanders Illustated' G. F. Angas gave the the English-speaking world much interesting information about the Maori. Published in 1847, his book contained numerous colour plates from his own sketches. The collection of 'Decorations,' for instance, shows ear ornaments and ear pendants, neck ornaments (hei tiki), the tail feather and head of the prized huia bird, wooden combs, tattooing instruments, and examples of designs on the bottom borders of flax garments. The little boy ornamen… In the centre of this picture G. F. Angas shows warriors preparing fora fight. Grouped around are various weapons, such as (top and below) tomahawks (post-European), (left) fighting staffs (taiaha), and (below) greenstone mere and whalebone clubs. The small picture (bottom centre) shows warriors beating a wooden gong, while a war trumpet is shown at the base of the group Mount Egmont and a Maori war canoe, from Angas's 'The New Zealanders Illustrated' (1847). This gives a good picture of a Maori canoe at sea with lateen sail and carved prow and stern pieces Rangihaeata's meeting house on Mana Island, drawn by G. F. Angas. Note the carvings of door and window, the carved figures supporting the gable boards, and the painted designs on the inside of the porch roof This composite picture is taken from 'The New Zealanders Illustrated' (1847) by G. F. Angas: — 1 • 'Mode of fishing with nets on Lake Taupo.' 2 • 'A fishing weir, or eel trap, on the river Mokau.' 3 • 'A wooden fish-hook.' 4 • 'Fish-hook generally in use.' 5 • 'Eel trap, formed of twigs.' 6 • 'A wooden digging stick.' 7 • 'A pounder for beating flax.' 8 • 'Wooden flute.' 9 • 'Bark bucket.' 10 • 'Flax basket.' 11 • 'Ancient wooden bowl for kumaras.' 12 • 'Flax sandals.' 13 • 'Flax Sandals.' 14 •…


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