One MAORI ALBUMEN CARTE-DE-VISITE (CDV) mounted on identified photographers card backing. The photograph depicts a Maori holding a stone hand club - patu. Wearing a cloak decorated with black cords - korowai. T is a tail feather from the huia bird (the most prized of all feathers to the Maori) in the hair. A bone earring hangs from the right ear. The size is 4 x 2 7/16 inches -- 10.16 x 6.10 cm. It is circa 1873-1885. The photograph was taken by the important, New Zealand photographer Samuel Carnell, as shown on the back of the photograph with the photographer's mark; stating: "S. CARNELL PHOTOGRAPHER NAPIER, N.Z." Inscribed upper right in pencil: "2612 948". The following is information on Samuel Carnell: 1. Photography in New Zealand ; A Social and Technical History by Hardwick Knight; " Samuel Carnell purchased the Napier photography business of George Henry Swan (1833-1913) in 1870 and was known to have been active during the period 1873-1885." 2. What's In a Name by Ian Mills " Samuel Carnell 1832 - 1920; MP for Napier 1889-1896; 7th Mayor of Napier 1904-1907 Arrived in Napier 1869 as manager of Swan & Wrigglesworth and late set up as a photographer at the corner of Brewster St . His keenest desire was to have a Government erect a lighthouse on Cape Kidnappers . Carnell street is named after him and runs alongside the railway line between Georges drive and Jull Street ." 3. An important exhibition of the photographs of S. Carnell was held in 2002; National Library of New Zealand-Exhibition Showcases Important Maori Portraits . "... the NationalLibrary of New Zealand hosted a major exhibition of the country's mostsignificant collection of historic photographic portraits of Mäori. Kahungunu ka moe. . . ka puta. . . Te Hononga Märeikura* : photographic portraits of Ngäti Kahungunu by Samuel Carnell 1870-1906 was opened with a formal Mäori ceremony in 9 March and was on show in the National Library Gallery until early June. The exhibition featured portraits and histories of tipuna (ancestors) from the Kahungunu tribe, who come from the Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa regions located in the middle of the New Zealand 's North Island . The images were selected from 275 photographs taken by Napier-based photographer Samuel Carnell. The photographs were gifted to the Alexander Turnbull Library in 1963." Please use the following link to see other work of Samuel Carnell that were exhibited; http://www.ndl.go.jp/en/publication/cdnlao/045/451.html T his photograph is guaranteed to be as stated, in excellent condition without any restoration. Buyer only pays all actual shipping costs. No charge for handling or packing materials. I accept checks (held until clear) and money orders in USD. Also listed, is a rare Solomon Island's wari hua.
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