Gallery Talk by Miriana Stephens
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Gottfried Lindauer, "Tamati Pirimona Marino", Undated. Oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915
Miriana Stephens is a descendant of Māori chief Tamati Pirimona Marino. She will be speaking about her ancestor in front of his likeness featured in The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand.
Marino was a chief with lands in northern South Island. He was the first Māori in the South Island to own a trading ship. As captain, he transported passengers and goods including coal, pigs, and potatoes between Massacre Bay and provincial centers in the South and North Islands until 1850. He became an assessor for the Native Land Court in 1847. Lindauer’s portrayal shows him wearing the chiefly kahu kurī (dog-skin cloak). These highly valued cloaks were made by men from the hide and hair of a prized Pacific breed of dog, the kurī, extinct by the late 1800s.
Free after museum admission.