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Mana, the spiritual power inherent in certain things and persons, had to be preserved by strict rules and prohibitions called tapu that fostered and maintained a personal state of purity or sanctity. Tattoo specialists needed both skill and knowledge of tapu, for tattooing was a dangerous...

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Ex-collection W. O. Oldman, London; Ex-collection Charles Ratton, Paris; Ex-collection James Hooper, London. Purchased from Christine Schoffel Gallery, Paris, November 1981. Given to the MFA by William and Bertha Teel in 1991.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Oceanic, New Zealand (Aotearoa), Maori peoples, 19th–20th century

Object Place

New Zealand


16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Africa and Oceania


Ritual Objects