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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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Provenance

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

Dimensions

16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1071

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Ritual Objects