Maori head tattoos, artwork

Maori head tattoos, artwork

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Maori head tattoos. 19th century artwork of tattooed Maori heads. The Maoris, the indigenous population of the islands of New Zealand, are generally tattoed in curved or spiral lines that are concentrated on the face. The patterns of the tattooing are often personalised to the person being tattooed. Artwork from The Origin of Civilisation and the Primitive Condition of Man (Sir John Lubbock, 1870).

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