Rock Art - Kā Tuhituhi O Nehera - Overview


There are two main types of rock art. The art can be scratched
or carved into stone, or it can be painted or drawn onto the stone’s surface.

In Aotearoa New Zealand it is recorded that the rock art paint was made from
animal or bird fat mixed with vegetable gum and soot or
kokowai i.e. red ochre to make
black or red paint. The pigment created was known to be particularly long-lasting,
and was referred to as, 'an ink that would stand forever'.

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