This photograph of a toddler, laid out in her best clothes prior to burial, was taken in the 1870s. The name of the child and the photographer are unknown. Post-mortem and memorial photography flourished in the late 19th century. Often this would be the only photograph of a dearly loved child. Photographs of the deceased were rapidly integrated into the mourning practices of Māori and non-Māori from the 1860s. In the early 21st century, post-mortem photographs are seldom taken, but photographs of the dead person are frequently incorporated into funeral and memorial services.
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