image © South Australian Museum | Licence: All Rights Reserved
image © South Australian Museum | Licence: All Rights Reserved

The Chief of Tongariro and his wife Ko Mari

1844

George French Angas

From the collection

Title

The Chief of Tongariro and his wife Ko Mari

Date

1844

Description

There is one original watercolour within this frame: 'Tongariro volcano. Ko Mari. his wife.
Mungakahi. Chief of Tongariro. near Taupo Lake. The chief of Tongariro, and his wife Ko Mari'. The Rotoaira chief Mungakahi stands wearing a flax kakahu (cloak) made with yellow and black hieke (tags) over large blankets. Mungakahi has a moko (traditional Maori facial tattoo), a greenstone (nephrite jade) ear pendant and holds a taiaha (long club fighting staff) which has been decorated with kaka (parrot) feathers and dog hide. His wife Mari is seated wearing a greenstone hei tiki pendant and a kakahu (cloak) made with thrumbs that have been scraped and dyed.
Mount Tongariro is in the background.
Credit line: AA8/6/18, GF Angas, South Australian Museum.

Disclaimer

TWW try to keep the information on this page up to date. However, for the most accurate information you should always consult the owning collection

From the Watercolour World

Location

Tongariro National Park, Manawatu-Wangaui, New Zealand

Country

Continent

Location Accuracy

Pinpoint

Medium

Category

Credits

Image Credit

image © South Australian Museum

Image Licence

Spotted an error? Let us know: enq[email protected]colourworld.org

Leave a comment

Do you know more about this painting and the story behind it? Please share your thoughts below.