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Mokomokai are the preserved, moko tattooed heads of Māori people of New Zealand. The heads of beloved family members, warriors and befallen enemies with moko tattoos were often preserved by removing the brain and eyes of the deceased, boiling then smoking the head and drying it in the sun. The moko tattoo, which symbolizes the Māori’s identity, remains vivid through this process and represents the individual after death during sacred ceremonies or as a trophy of war.

Tattooed Maori head returned by France

The famous tattooed and preserved head of a Maori warrior The tattoos indicate high rank and the heads of elaborately-tattooed warriors would be kept as prized objects by the winners.

Leland Stanford Jr. - Leland Stanford's death mask on display at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts.

, known as Leland DeWitt Stanford until age is the namesake of Stanford University, adjacent to Palo Alto, California, United States.

picture of a dead Edgar Allen Poe in his casket.

Creepy Post-Mortem Photos From The Victorian Era - Edgar Allen Poe post-mortem. The circumstances of his death remain a mystery to this day.

The death of Jane Seymour by Eugene Deveria

"The death of Jane Seymour" by Eugene Deveria. A victorian depiction of Jane Seymour's death by french artist Eugene Deveria.

Portrait of Napoleon by Jacques Louis David

Portrait of Napoleon, by Jacques-Louis David (French,

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