Story: Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia

Ipu ngārahu (pigment container)

Ipu ngārahu (pigment container)

This carved ipu ngārahu was used to hold special inks used as part of tā moko (traditional tattooing). Tattoos were reserved for the high-born, who had enough leisure time to undergo the lengthy process, which sometimes took years.

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How to cite this page:

Ross Calman, 'Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia - Leisure in traditional Māori society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/40182/ipu-ngarahu-pigment-container (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013