12" x 8"
140 lbs. Arches watercolor paper wrapped frame
A moa was a large flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand that is now extinct. The markings on the skull are a very loose representation of the facial tattoos of the Maori, also indigenous to New Zealand. I purposely kept the skull "tattoos" inexact because, as I understand it, to copy a Maori's tattoo is like stealing their identity. My only purpose in representing them here was to tie the bird to the people it once lived among.