This 1796 etching of a 'Sauvagesse de la Nouvelle-Zélande' (female savage of New Zealand) shows a Māori woman in a feathered headdress and striped shawl, holding a child. It was drawn by Jacques Grasset de Saint Saveur, a Montreal-born diplomat, artist and writer who specialised in recording the costumes and customs of 'exotic' peoples. He never visited New Zealand and his images of Māori relied on the descriptions of explorers such as James Cook. His identification of this woman as a 'savage' is typical of educated European attitudes towards Māori in this period.
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