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THE above sketch of a tatooed Maori Head is by General Robley, who, it will be remembered, has made a most unique collection of "well-preserved and elaborately tatooed Maori heads. It has been for some time his great desire that these heads should be purchased by the New Zealand Government, and thus kept in the country in which their owners dwelt, and from which they departed to Te Reinga. So

far, our Government has declined to purchase. The study of the ancient art of tatooing is an interesting one. The marvellous accuracy of design and execution, and the stoicism which enabled the patient to stand the long, drawn-out torture of the operation alike excite our wonder. A translation of " The Song of the Maori Tatooer," also forwarded by General Robley, may be given.

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New Zealand Illustrated Magazine, New Zealand Illustrated Magazine, 1 March 1904

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Untitled New Zealand Illustrated Magazine, 1 March 1904