Te Toi Whakairo: The Art of Maori Carving

Author(s): Hirini Moko Mead

New Zealand

Wood carving is one of the supreme expressions of New Zealand identity. Beginning with carving's mythical origins, Te Toi Whakairo explores the evolution of styles and techniques through the four main artistic periods to the present day, and provides detailed explanations of carving styles in different parts of the country, using examples from meeting houses and leading artists.Later chapters delve into the the main structures, forms and motifs, and the role of the woodcarver, and explore the status of the art in contemporary New Zealand. Practical guidance is given for use of materials, tools, techniques, surface and background decoration, the human figure, and carving poupou.


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Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead is a leading authority on Maori art and culture. He had a distinguished university career at Victoria University and internationally, has written numerous books, was a driving force behind the Te Maori exhibition, and has been a leader of his tribe, Ngati Awa. He was knighted in 2009 for services to Maori and education. Ta Hirini lives with his wife in Wellington.

ContentsPreface to the 2015 editionvii1. Te timatanga1 Introduction2. Te taonga a Tangaroa8 The treasure of Tangaroa3. Ka tipu nga mahi whakairo18The arts develop and flourish4. Te puawaitanga o te whakairo29The blossoming of Maori art5. Te toi whakairo o te Taitokerau35The Taitokerau art tradition6. Te toi whakairo o Hauraki43The Hauraki art tradition7. Te toi whakairo o Tainui48The Tainui art tradition8. Te toi whakairo o Taranaki57The Taranaki art tradition9. Te toi whakairo o Horouta o Takitimu69The Horouta and Takitimu art traditions10. Te toi whakairo o Mataatua90The Mataatua art tradition11. Te toi whakairo o Te Arawa112The Arawa art tradition12. Te toi whakairo o Ngati Kahungunu129The Ngati Kahungunu art tradition13. Te toi whakairo o Te Waipounamu145The South Island art traditions14. Nga whaihanga me etahi momo taonga,163momo whakairoStructures, forms and motifs15. Te tohunga whakairo190The woodcarver16. Te whakakopinga200The conclusion17. Nga tohutohu whakairo210Carving instructionsMaterials required210Sharpening the chisels214Instructions for carving a model head215Surface decoration227Background decoration238The human figure239Carving poupou248Selected bibliography255Index263

General Fields

  • : 9781877514821
  • : Oratia Media
  • : Libro International
  • : September 2015
  • : 242mm X 182mm X 27mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : July 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 736.40993
  • : 736.40993
  • : Hirini Moko Mead
  • : 276
  • : 276
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : 3rd Revised edition
  • : Extensive photos, drawings, diagrams, whakapapa and maps throughout
  • : 3rd Revised edition
  • : Extensive photos, drawings, diagrams, whakapapa and maps throughout