At the recent (3 May) Artefacts of Encounter workshop a much better copy of the above image was shown by Julie Adams in her presentation ‘Bellingshausen collection of Maori cloaks in St. Petersburg’. AoE team’s research in Russia has located some incredible artefacts, cloaks included, I hope they publicise the results of this project soon.
The original drawing, entitled ‘Chief of the southern New Zealand with his wife’, is by Pavel Mikhailov (1786-1840) who took part in the expedition of Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen (Russian: Фаддей Фаддеевич Беллинсгаузен, Faddey Faddeyevich Bellinsgauzen), the so called First Russian Antarctic Expedition of 1819-1821.
The image caught my attention. This post is about the actual plant used to make the woman’s headdress depicted. Is it made from ‘tikumu’- mountain daisy, Celmisia, endemic Continue reading »