Maori cheif circa 1880

Tukukino, an old fighting chief of the Ngāti Tamaterā people of the Hauraki district, North Island, New Zealand, circa 1880. He is pictured wearing a pōhoi ear ornament made from the skin of the huia, an ornament often worn by high-born chiefs in the years before the bird became extinct. Tukukino was famous for his determined opposition to the opening up of the Ohinemuri area for goldmining. Lindauer painted this portrait in 1878.

Source: J.C. Graham, editor, Maori Paintings: Pictures from the Partridge Collection of Paintings by Gottfried Lindauer. A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1965, p54-55.

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