Story: Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori

Māori hairstyles, 1826

Māori hairstyles, 1826

Louis de Sainson, the artist with French explorer Dumont d’Urville's 1826–27 expedition to New Zealand, made these portraits of Māori from Tolaga Bay and Cape Terawhiti in 1826. Four of the people are men, and the central figure is a woman. Three of the men have elaborate hairstyles, and the wide variations between them mean these styles cannot be characterised by the simplified term 'topknot'. One man, at top right, has a white-tipped huia feather protruding from a thick central tuft. The man at lower left has his hair in a complex arrangement at the back and over the brow.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-191-041
Hand-coloured lithograph by Louis Auguste de Sainson

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Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, 'Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori - Hairstyles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, published 5 Sep 2013