The famous tattooed and preserved head of a Maori warrior.
The Rouen Museum of Natural History in France formally returned this artifact to the delegation of elders, New Zealand Embassy officials and representatives from Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum.
This is the culmination of years of legal wrangling in France. The head, a sacred cultural object to the Maori, was originally preserved as a reminder of a victory in battle. The tattoos indicate high rank and the heads of elaborately-tattooed warriors would be kept as prized objects by the winners.
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Tongan necklace, the figurative composition of this adornment is extremely rare, it carries eight figures and nine other pendants, all pierced for suspension and bound by sennit cord.
This Oceanic work of art, crafted from bone for a person of high standing. Believed to be female goddess effigies, these sacred figurines have at times been accorded to high ranking Tongan women such as the Mehekitanga, an important family relation in Tongan culture, or the Tamaha, the niece to the King of Tonga through his sister.