Te Toi Whakairo
The Art of Maori Carving
Hirini Moko Mead
New edition published today
Te Toi Whakairo is among the most comprehensive and valuable books published on Maori woodcarving, and has been out of print for many years – until today.
Distinguished author Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead explores carving from its mythical origins to modern art, from the styles of Northland through to those of the South Island, from an explanation of basic techniques to the most elaborate surface decorations – with the help of hundreds of photos and drawings.
The book returns with a new cover and author’s note; in the latter, the author writes:
“Te Toi Whakairo lives on and is available to people who are interested in art in general, and especially in woodcarving that belongs to the traditions of this land.”
Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead is a leading authority on Maori art and culture. Born in 1927, 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. Ta 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