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Artist unknown :A New Zealand chief lying in state, surrounded by the heads of his enemies [1856]

Reference Number: PUBL-0151-1-010

Shows Upokia, a Whangarei chief, seated in death, his back against a carved pole (possibly a rendering of a canoe, simplified by the artist), skulls and other human bones at his side on a mat, a flax fence around him, with the preserved heads of other men impaled on poles holding up the fence. A mere and another weapon (a Marquesan club) are suspended from the fence. The chief is wearing two different fine cloaks, albatross feathers in his hair and ears and a garland of pink and white flowers around his head.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Lithographs, related to Louis Auguste de Sainson, Whangarei, Whakapono, Mokomokai, Weapons, Maori and Maori - Funeral customs and rites.

Part of:
[Josenhans, J] :Illustrations of missionary scenes; an offering to youth. Mayence [Munich], Joseph Scholz publisher, [1856]. 2 volumes., Reference Number PUBL-0151 (4 digitised items)

Extent: 1 colour art print(s) in published volumeLithograph, hand-coloured, on page 207 x 330 mm.. Vertical imageSingle art work

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Other copies available: File PrintIn Drawings & Prints under Artist/Title (DFP-009687)

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