This image was published in Who are the Maoris? (1912), by Alfred Newman, who believed Māori originated in northern India. The caption advises the reader to ‘Note the head-gear, like a fez worn in India’. Alternately the ‘head-gear’ could be viewed as part of the trunk of the tree from which this figure was carved.
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Reference: Alfred K. Newman, Who are the Maoris? Christchurch: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1912, p. 112.
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