"the only memorial of them and their face-carving that now exists."
MOKO; OR MAORI TATTOOING
By Major-General Robley
First edition, the classic study of Maori tattooing, profusely illustrated with photographs and Robley's own drawings.
Very good plus.
MOKO; OR MAORI TATTOOING
Robley, an amateur artist with a deep interest in Maori culture, had a genuine passion for recording the intricate designs, techniques, and history of the intricate art of tā moko; he was also a soldier and, notoriously, a collector of mokomakai: preserved, tattooed human heads, sought after and debased as objects of commerce and display by European and American collectors and museums alike. Robley's meticulous illustrations, photographs, and descriptions have become an invaluable resource for historians and revivalists of traditional Maori arts, preserving unique images of an art form and cultural practice that, at the very same time, imperialistic forces were beginning to efface. An indispensable study.
London: Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1896. 11" x 9". Original gilt-stamped brown cloth boards, with decoration stamped in black. Black endpapers. Illustrated with 180 plates and frontispiece. , 216 pages. Mild edgewear and scuffing to boards at extremities. Spine lightly sunned. Light foxing, primarily to title page and surrounding leaves. Hinges sound.
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