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Moko; or Maori Tattooing


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Mokoamokai was the name given to a dried head. The reverence paid it, whether it had belonged to a relative, a friend, or a foe, will be made apparent in these chapters. In this second part of the book I deal with the mokoamokai, traditions and history, the method of embalming, and artists engaged. Next is shown the effects of the sudden demand for cured heads in exchange for trade purposes, the evils of this traffic, and its suppression; and, finally, some account of the best preserved heads in museums and private collections, distinguishing those specimens which show post-mortem moko. My object throughout is, however, to illustrate the art of moko and its interest as design.