Te Toi Whakairo
The Art of Maori Carving
Hirini Moko Mead
Return to print of major reference work on Maori woodcarving
Recognised as one of the most comprehensive and informative overviews of Maori woodcarving, Te Toi Whakairo is among the major works by eminent author and academic Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead.
This highly illustrated book explores carving’s mythical origins, the evolution of styles and techniques, and carving styles in different parts of the country, using examples from meeting houses and leading artists. In the later chapters the author delves into designs and motifs, the role of the woodcarver, and use of materials, tools, techniques, and surface and background decoration.
Out of print for many years, Te Toi Whakairo will be on sale again next month in a reprinted edition with a new cover and author’s note.
Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead is a leading authority on Maori art and culture. He had a distinguished university career at Victoria University and internationally, has written numerous books, was a driving force behind the Te Maori exhibition, and has been a leader of his iwi, Ngati Awa. He was knighted in 2009 for services to Maori and education. Hirini lives with his wife in Wellington.
Publication Date: 17 September 2015 | ISBN: 978-1-877514-82-1 | RRP $45
Paperback with flaps, 242 x 182 mm, 276 pages b&w
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