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Baie Houa-Houa, Naturels exécutant une danse à bord de l'Astrolabe (Nouvelle-Zélande), [Uawa/Tolaga Bay, Natives Performing a Haka on Board the Astrolabe (New Zealand)]

Louis Auguste de Sainson1833 - Post 1839

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

This illustration from Tolaga Bay, on New Zealand’s east coast, is a rare record of a memorable encounter – the haka (gestural dance) which was performed on board the Astrolabe. Captured mid-action, the unison of the dancers and the swaying of their skirts conveys a rhythmic movement. Their faces filled with passion, with eyes and arms raised to the sky, they would have made an impression both on the sailors and on the print’s European audience.

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  • Title: Baie Houa-Houa, Naturels exécutant une danse à bord de l'Astrolabe (Nouvelle-Zélande), [Uawa/Tolaga Bay, Natives Performing a Haka on Board the Astrolabe (New Zealand)]
  • Creator: Louis Auguste de Sainson
  • Date Created: 1833 - Post 1839
  • Physical Dimensions: w550 x h365 mm (Without frame)
  • Artist biography: Louis Auguste de Sainson, born in Paris in 1800, was draftsman on the French vessel Astrolabe, which made its second expedition to New Zealand in 1827. De Sainson made numerous sketches, which were the basis for a published Atlas Historique that included 32 New Zealand illustrations.
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1996, http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/terms-of-use
  • External Link: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • Medium: lithograph by Auguste Raffet

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