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New Zealand Maori Doll, Authentically Clothed In Traditional Maori Dress (Front View)

New Zealand Maori Doll, Authentically Clothed In Traditional Maori Dress (Front View)

Wahine Maori doll from New Zealand. Maori people are the "original" people of New Zealand, descendants of Polynesians originating from southeast Asia. Wahine is the Maori word for woman or wife. The Maori dressed in different designs according to tribe and their rank within the tribe. This doll is wearing a cloak (kahu huruhuru) made of bird feathers. Her headband and bodice are made of woven material. Her skirt is piupiu, a form of grass that is native to New Zealand. She has a green pendant, called a hei-tiki. She has a chin tattoo (moko) on her face. Men in her tribe would generally have much more extensive tattoos on their faces. The doll is made of plastic, with a rubber head. The figure stands 14 inches (36 cm) tall.

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Galleries: Adult, Australia and Oceania, Natural Materials
Keywords: All_New_Zealand_Maori, Maori, New Zealand, Polynesian, Wahine, bird, cloak kahu hunuhuru, doll, feather, female, figure, figurine, grass, handcrafted, headband, hei-tiki, heitiki, lady, moko, pendant, piupiu, plastic, tattoo, woman
Photo Location: FCIT Photo Studio, Tampa, FL
Photographer: Dr. Ann E. Barron
Date of Photo: 05/30/2013
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure Time: 0.0666667
F Number: 22
Original Dimensions: 2490×5460
Picture Orientation: Portrait
GPS Coordinates: 28°3'40.85"N 82°24'36.26"W
Picture Number: 27700