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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 168

    Gottfried Lindauer (1839-1926)

    Tuhoto Ariki, a Maori high priest

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    Gottfried Lindauer (1839-1926)
    Tuhoto Ariki, a Maori high priest
    oil on canvas laid down on card
    20 x 15 1/8 in. (50.7 x 38.5 cm.)

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    One of the last sacred priests of Maoridom, the Arawa 'tohunga-makutu' Tuhoto Ariki lived to an hundred years old. He settled at Wairoa village on the shores of Lake Tarawera in his old age. He was buried alive by the eruption of Tarawera mountain in 1886 and, after being recovered from his buried whare after four and a half days, he died a few days later.

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