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Heaphy, Charles 1820-1881 :Rangiaeata. 1840

Reference Number: C-025-022

Upper body profile portrait of the Maori warrior chief Te Rangihaeata with moko and with 6 huia feathers in his hair, a albatross feather (pohoi toroa) and greenstone drop (whakakai) earring in his right ear, a flax cloak with taniko border and an outer kiwi feather cloak. There is a strap running from his right shoulder to his waistband and his cloaks hang open to below his waist.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Watercolours and Portraits, related to Charles Heaphy, d Te Rangihaeata, Wellington Region, Ngati Toa, Men, Maori and Maori - Clothing.

Part of:
Heaphy, Charles 1820-1881 :Rangiaeata. 1840, Reference Number C-025-022 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 watercolour(s)Watercolour 280 x 178 mm on sheet 463 x 363 mm. Vertical imageSingle art work

Historical Notes: Te Rangihaeata was the only surviving son of Waitohi of Ngati Toa, and elder sister of Te Rauparaha, and Te Rangikapiki of Ngati Raukawa. He had one other surving sibling, his sister Te Rangi Topeora. The other children were killed by Ngati Pou (Waikato) before Ngati Toa migrated to Kapiti. Te Rangihaeata was a rangatira (chief) of the Ariki class, the highest ranking class of Maori chief, and a tohunga. He was expert in carving, the recitation of tribal prayers and incantations, and tribal and inter-tribal genealogies. He strenuously resisted European encroachment upon Maori customs and land. He died in 1855.

Conditions governing access to original: Partial restriction - Use photographic copy in preference to original.

Other copies available: File PrintIn Drawings & Prints under Artist/Title (DFP-001311)

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Recto - beneath image: Rangiaeata. 1840; Recto - bottom right: Chas Heaphy

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