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More Sunday Auckland 11/20/16




Sunday afternoon we trooped to the Auckland Art Gallery. This modern extension to the gallery, above, was completed in 2011, using native New Zealand wood atop the entrance. Isn't the wood beautiful?

Specifically, our group was there to view The Māori Portraits -- Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand, some of which are being exhibited for the first time. The public is allowed to photograph most of the portraits, unless otherwise indicated. Gottfried Lindauer (1839-1926) created an unparalleled number of Māori portraits. I’ll show you two walls of his work being shown, as well as several photos of his outstanding paintings.










Māoris Plaiting Flax Baskets (1903)




We saw many more, but this gives you an idea.  Look at the wonderful facial tattoos, which identify who they are to other Māori people, tell the story of their heritage, their families, and more.  If I've piqued your interest and you want extra info on their facial markings, Google Māori.

Sorry it's taken me so long to get going on posting, but our schedule has been very full, and (per usual), getting online isn't always easy.  (Computers can be such a pain!)

3 comments:

  1. I am actually amazed at how well you doing at keeping up with such an exciting itinerary. Those portraits are magnificent.

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  2. No need to apologize for delays in posting ... as long as is because you are out exploring and having fun. I have this museum on our walking itinerary ... love the facial tattoos and the fact that they tell a story.

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  3. facial tattoos for identification, what an intriguing idea!

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