Click to enlargeTa Moko

Written by D. R. Simmons

Ta Moko provides a detailed examination of Maori moko in all its aspects - its historical development, tribal variations, design principles and social significance.

The informative text is lavishly supplemented with color and black-and-white photos and illustrations, gleaned from the records, journals and sketches of early European explorers  and artists in New Zealand.

Each part of the moko design has meaning. Some lines detailed a person's descent, while others could represent a contract, marriage approval, rank, or position in the tribe. Ancient tattooing was done with a chisel, rather than a needle. In short, Ta Moko provides an understanding of the cultural significance of the Maori moko.

Softcover: 183 pages.

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