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ID: 700001747
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Record Type: Movable Work
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Tekoteko (gable figure) (tekoteko; Unkown (Maori carver, 1780-1840); between 1780-1840; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Welling...; ME023846)
Note: This tekoteko (carved gable figure) is from the apex of a whare (house). It is approximately 650 millimetres in height, with a dark brown patina. It consists of an ornately carved ancestral figure represented in a naturalistic form positioned upon another ancestral figure with a naturalistic body, wheku-style head, and two three-fingered hands clasped to the mouth. The base figure is perforated for lashing to the gable of a small whare or pataka (storehouse). This secondary figure's feet terminate in a third form, possibly a head, which would have been viewed from beneath.
Tekoteko (gable figure) (preferred,C,U,RP,English-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
Term Not Found (AAT Candidate) (preferred)
pataka [300264801]
..... (Objects Facet, Built Environment (hierarchy name), Single Built Works (hierarchy name), single built works (built environment), <single built works by specific type>, <single built works by function>, storage facilities, warehouses)

sculptures (preferred)

Creation Date: between 1780-1840

Creator Display:
Unkown (Maori carver, 1780-1840) [preferred,VP]
carver unknown Maori (Maori cultural designation) Extent: execution [500203761]
Current: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand) [500311561] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: ME023846
Credit Line: Purchased 2006
Display Materials: totara
woodcarving [300054089]
.......(Activities Facet, Processes and Techniques (hierarchy name), <processes and techniques by specific type>, <processes and techniques by material>, <woodworking and woodworking processes and techniques>, woodworking)
Term Not Found
....... (AAT Candidate)

Dimensions: Overall 650 (Height) x 120 (Width) x 90 (Depth) mm
Maori (preferred)

General Subject:
human figures (preferred)

Specific Subjects:
fertility [300379149]
.....(Associated Concepts Facet, Associated Concepts (hierarchy name), scientific concepts, biological concepts) (AAT)
hei-tiki [300266855]
.....(Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (hierarchy name), Visual Works (hierarchy name), visual works (works), <visual works by material or technique>, sculpture (visual works), <sculpture by subject type>) (AAT)
ancestor (family relationship) [300255718]
.....(Agents Facet, People (hierarchy name), people (agents), <people by family relationship>) (AAT)

List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Movable Works
Sources and Contributors:
Tekoteko (gable figure)........ [VP]
........ Te Papa online (2000-)
........ Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
Subject: ....... [VP]
English ..... [VP]
..... Te Papa online (2000-)
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