Story: Māori rock art – ngā toi ana

Walter Mantell sketch, 1851 (1st of 2)

Walter Mantell sketch, 1851

This ink sketch shows a European man standing in front of a cliff with a rock shelter at its base. The location is Takiroa, North Otago – a well-known and publicly accessible rock-art site. This sketch was made in 1851 by Walter Mantell, the commissioner of Crown Lands for the South Island. Mantell had a passionate interest in natural history and was one of the first Europeans to record Māori rock art.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-332-022
Ink drawing by Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell

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, 'Māori rock art – ngā toi ana - European responses to rock art', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by , published 22 Oct 2014