Story: Tā moko – Māori tattooing

Te Rangitopeora

Te Rangitopeora

Te Rangitopeora, a woman of mana of Ngāti Toa and Ngāti Raukawa, was one of five female signatories to the Treaty of Waitangi. This portrait by Gottfried Lindauer highlights her moko kauae (chin and mouth tattoo), a sign of her mana.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1915/2/53
Oil on canvas by Gottfried Lindauer

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How to cite this page:

Rawinia Higgins, 'Tā moko – Māori tattooing - Moko and status', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 April 2024)

Story by Rawinia Higgins, published 5 Sep 2013