Story: Māori rock art – ngā toi ana

Kōkōwai pigment

Kōkōwai pigment

This lump of naturally occurring haematite, known to Māori as kōkōwai, is of the type used to produce red-ochre pigment for rock art. Kōkōwai is generally found in areas of volcanic activity. 

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: ME017175

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, 'Māori rock art – ngā toi ana - Rock-art designs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/45523/kokowai-pigment (accessed 24 May 2017)

Story by , published 22 Oct 2014