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Artist unknown :B. Burns. A New Zealand chief. [London, R. & D. Read, 1844]

Reference Number: PUBL-0074-26

A standing full-length portrait of Barnet Burns, an Englishman who, after being shipwrecked, lived amongst the Maori in 1829, and had himself tattooed. He is wearing feathers in his hair, a fur or feather cloak, a flax skirt, a weapon (probably meant to be a patu) in his belt, a taiaha in his left hand and neck adornments, including a version of a tiki. He has a full facial moko and moko on his calves. Beside his left foot lies a human leg-bone and beyond that is a small hut. In the background, at sea, a European ship is foundering. Below the portrait, a range of Maori spears, bludgeons and clubs forms a decorative pattern

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Portraits and Wood engravings, related to Barnet Burns, Shipwrecks, Tattooing, Cannibalism, Weapons, Maori, Maori - Clothing, Papakainga and Maori - Moko.

Part of:
Burns, Barnet, b.1807 :A brief narrative of a New Zealand chief. Being the remarkable history of Barnet Burns, an English sailor, with a faithful account of the way in which he became a chief of one of the tribes of New Zealand ... Belfast, Printed by R, Reference Number PUBL-0074 (2 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w art print(s)Wood engraving, 120 x 105 mm. Single art work

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