Project 313 | Artwork 18 -1 June 2018

$150.00$1,500.00

Title: Moko Kauae – Maori Tattoo on woman’s chin/lips

Medium: Oil Pastel, colouring pencil & dyes on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 18 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

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I had an interesting talk with my 87 year old mother-in-law. She was sharing with me how she loved and respected her mother who had a moko kauae. Woman were selected from their whanau (family) to wear it with pride, mana, respect and to be leaders for their hapu (sub tribe).

Reading the news where a Pakeha (European) woman had been tattooed with a moko kauae on her chin and all the debate and discussion it has brought about. 

This is a traditional Maori taonga (treasure) that has whakapapa (genealogy) to your tupuna (ancestors) and identity of who you are and where you come from.

Who am I to judge? It would need the authorisation from your whanau, kaumatua and kuia.

I personally feel this acknowledges the importance of our wahine (woman) and how they are the bearers of our tamariki (children). Especially on how tapu (scared) the head is. 

Mana Wahine.

Title: Moko Kauae – Maori Tattoo on woman’s chin/lips

Medium: Oil Pastel, colouring pencil & dyes on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 18 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

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Dr Richard Cooper Fine Arts