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 ... read more