Mummified head of a Maori island chief
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Mummified Maori head is given back to New Zealand after 170 years in Cheshire

The mummified head of a Maori has been given back to New Zealand after 170 years in a Cheshire museum.

A memorial to a South Sea island chief, it was repatriated during a ceremony organised by Warrington Council after more than 18 years of discussions.

It was given to Britain as a gift and has been kept in Warrington Museum since 1843.

The Maori head was put in storage about two decades ago as it was regarded as an insult to have it on public display.

  • 26 Oct 2013