Story: Tangihanga – death customs

Tangi over a woman (1st of 2)

Tangi over a woman

This watercolour by Horatio Robley was painted in 1865. It shows a group mourning over the tūpāpaku (body) of a woman who lies in the porch of a whare.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: 1992-0035-746
Watercolour by Horatio Gordon Robley

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How to cite this page:

Rawinia Higgins, 'Tangihanga – death customs - Understanding tangihanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Rawinia Higgins, published 5 May 2011