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Watercolour, Maori Chief

Watercolour of Te Kuha, 1864. Te Kuha was a Maori chief in New Zealand. This portrait was painted by Lieutenant Horatio Robley, who served with the 68th Light Infantry in New Zealand during the Second Maori War, 1864-1866. After the Battle of Te Ranga, the defeated Maori tribes began to surrender. Before the 68th Light Infantry sailed for home in March 1866, Horatio Robley spent as much time as he could with the Maoris living with them and sketching and studying their way of life, their art and especially their tattoos or Moko, as seen in this portrait. Acc No: 416

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