This artwork was inspired by a Ngai-Tumapuhia-a- Rangi tribal saying - "The warriors of Tumapuhia, they are all adorned with the single topknot and the comb on the forehead".
Tane means 'Man', it is also the name of the lord of the forest, the son who pushed Rangi (Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Earth Mother) apart so that light finally came to this world.
Moko is a form f ancient Maori tattooing that used a chisel (uhi) made of albatross bone to carve or create grooves into the skin. A Tohunga-ta-moko (moko specialist) applied pigment into these grooves which consisted mainly of awheto (vegetable caterpillar) and various charcoals. Each moko design differed from another which usually signaled a persons status and rank.
Heru (hair ornaments) were used by Maori men to fasten their long hair into a topknot. Heru also indicated the rank of the wearer and were either made from wood or prized whale bone.
Traditional Maori regarded the head as the most tapu (sacred) part of the body. Many rituals or karakia (incantations) had to be performed before and after the head came in contact with another person or object.