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Object: Two Maori girls (The Misses Swanson?)

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Title Two Maori girls (The Misses Swanson?)
Production American Photographic Company (Auckland) (photography studio), 1869-1876, New Zealand
Medium summary black and white original print
Materials albumen, photographic paper, silver
Classification cartes-de-visite, albumen prints, photographic prints, studio portraits
Technique black-and-white photography
Dimensions Image: 57mm (Height) x 77mm (Length)
Secondary Support: 63mm (Height) x 104mm (Length)
Credit line Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Registration number O.021240
Portrait of two small girls wearing cloaks, seated on cloaks on a studio floor. Both are barefoot, and each has two feathers in her hair. The girl on the left is wearing a kaitaka (cloak with an unornamented body and a taaniko border). The girl on the right is wearing a korowai (tasseled cloak). They are sitting on a second korowai, and a kaitaka has been arranged behind them so the taniko border frames their heads. A long carved wooden object, possibly a weapon, is lying on the korowai on the right side of the image.

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