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Object: Whiria Pomare Whetoi II?, Ngäpuhi

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Title Whiria Pomare Whetoi II?, Ngäpuhi
Production Pulman, George (photographer), circa 1863-1871, Auckland
Medium summary black and white photograph, albumen silver carte-de-visite print
Materials mounting board, albumen, printing-out paper, silver
Classification cartes-de-visite, portraits, albumen prints, black-and-white prints, vintage prints
Technique black-and-white photography, photography, printing-out
Dimensions Image: 95mm (Height) x 59mm (Width)
Support: 95mm (Height) x 59mm (Width)
Secondary Support: 105mm (Height) x 62mm (Length)
Credit line Gift of Mr R D D McLean, 1909
Registration number O.025642

A companion portrait of this chief from the same sitting was used by artist Gottfried Lindauer for his representation of the Nga Puhi chief Pomare Whiria, nephew of the renown warrior chief Pomare Whetoi.

 

In fact, Pomare Whiria died in 1850, about the same time that photography arrived in New Zealand. It is possible that this photograph is a reproduction of a daguerreotype photographic plate taken about the time of Pomare’s death; or it may be someone else of the same name, or erroneously identified as Pomare. It remains unclear.

 

He is well tattooed man in a manner consistent with a chief of high social status and executed by a tohunga-ta-moko (master artist) of ability typical of the mid-nineteenth century.

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