mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

Moko; or Maori Tattooing

By Horatio Gordon Robley.

Digitised Editions of this Text in Our Collection

100. “Moko; or Maori Tattooing” figure 27 106. Penetaka — “Moko; or Maori Tattooing” figure 129 44. Maori wounded in the Gate Pa, 30th April, 1864 — “Moko; or Maori Tattooing” figure 130 6. “Moko; or Maori Tattooing” figure 152 7. “Moko; or Maori Tattooing” figure 151 83 “Moko; or Maori Tattooing” figure 38 86. “Moko; or Maori Tattooing figure 123 89. “Moko; or Maori Tattooing” figure 22 93. “Moko; or Maori Tattooing” figure 101 99. “Moko; or Maori Tattooing” figure 119 H. G. Robley's 'Moko' (1896 includes these sketches of a Maori and the prow of a war canoe. The author comments on the fine carving of the prow. The spiral of the Maori's tattoo should be compared with the design of the carving Orekoukou of Cape Brett (after Sydney Parkinson) — Parkinson shows clearly the lines of facial puhoro tattooing. — Reproduced from “Moko; or Maori Tattooing” fig. 1. The original Parkinson work is in the Collection of the British Library, British Museum Te Pehi Kupe: self portrait (left) and portrait by Mr J. Sylvester of Liverpool (right). Te Pehi Kupe visited England in 1826. — Reproduced from “Moko; or Maori Tattooing” figs 10 and 114 This sketch of a Maori woman's tattooing is taken from H. G. Robley's 'Moko' (1896). Compare this characteristic tattooing of a Maori woman's lips with the more elaborate tattooing of the Maori man's face and body


For several reasons, including lack of resource and inherent ambiguity, not all names in the NZETC are marked-up. This means that finding all references to a topic often involves searching. Search for Moko; or Maori Tattooing as: "Moko; or Maori Tattooing". Additional references are often found by searching for just the main name of the topic (the surname in the case of people).

Other Collections

The following collections may have holdings relevant to "Moko; or Maori Tattooing":