Story: Ngā manu – birds

‘Mungakahu and his wife, Ko Mari’

‘Mungakahu and his wife, Ko Mari’

This portrait by George French Angas, done in the 1840s, shows a chief of Motupoi , by Lake Rotoaira in the central North Island. His weapon is adorned with feathers, and his wife appears to be wearing a pōhoi toroa (albatross-feather earring).

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0014-27
Hand-coloured lithograph by George French Angas

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How to cite this page:

Kelly Keane, 'Ngā manu – birds - Symbols of status', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/12143/mungakahu-and-his-wife-ko-mari (accessed 22 July 2019)

Story by Kelly Keane, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015