King Tāwhiao. A portait of the 2nd Maori King, a leader of great mana, held in a high degree of tapu or sacredness and restriction.

King Tāwhiao. A portait of the 2nd Maori King, a leader of great mana, held in a high degree of tapu or sacredness and restriction.

Tomika Te Mutu, from Bay of Plenty, oil painting by Gottfried Lindauer (c1880)

Tomika Te Mutu, from Bay of Plenty, oil painting by Gottfried Lindauer (c1880)

In most cases the Maori shows the true Polynesian hair, black and waved, not the lank straight hair of the American Indian. The frizzled hair sometimes seen is due to the Melanesian admixture. The Maori did not bleach his hair to a reddish hue by the use of lime as did the natives of some northern groups. Baldness was uncommon and excited derision. Men usually extracted hair on the face, as it obscured the close-set lines of tattoo.

In most cases the Maori shows the true Polynesian hair, black and waved, not the lank straight hair of the American Indian. The frizzled hair sometimes seen is due to the Melanesian admixture. The Maori did not bleach his hair to a reddish hue by the use of lime as did the natives of some northern groups. Baldness was uncommon and excited derision. Men usually extracted hair on the face, as it obscured the close-set lines of tattoo.

Gottfried Lindauer's painting of Maori chief, Kamariera Te Hau Takiri Wharepapa

Gottfried Lindauer's painting of Maori chief, Kamariera Te Hau Takiri Wharepapa

Maori girl's portrait by Gottfried Lindaeur (1876)

Maori girl's portrait by Gottfried Lindaeur (1876)

Paora Tuhaere, oil on canvas, painting by Gottfried Lindauer (1878)

Paora Tuhaere, oil on canvas, painting by Gottfried Lindauer (1878)

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