Commission
Artist
NZMACI
Material
Tōtara (NZ Native)
Form
Tekoteko
Size
1070x260x220mm

Tekoteko

Ancestral figure

Carved by Te Rangikapiki Fraser

The tekoteko is a stylized representation of the main progenitor of a tribe, and is the most focal point of the whare whakairo (carved tribal meeting house). They can be found – on traditional meeting houses – either at the highest point at the front apex of the roof or at the front central post. They can also be found at the base of the poutokomanawa (the main central ridge support post) of the house.