May I ask where this image was sourced from?
See the caption to "Hongi or Rubbing Noses". All these images are from Early History of New Zealand - a 19th-century book that is pictured at the bottom of my homepage. I paid $160 for it in 1999, which I thought was a pretty good price for such an ancienttome in such good condition. I have often wondered whether "Stage erected for a Maori feast" is a little fanciful - a romantic exaggeration of what, in reality, would have been constructed. Any thoughts?