The Teko Teko are human like figures often made to represent ancient tribal ancestors, and confer general protection and guardianship. As a result they are commonly depicted in a defiant stance, such as a haka or fighting stance, with a protruding tongue or holding a weapon such as a Mere or Patu.
Traditionally the purpose of the Teko Teko was to overlook the forecourt in front of a carved house and challenge any visitors to the tribe. If the visitors were deemed to be friendly, Teko Teko would then offer protection; with the light reflective Paua eyes used to give people the feeling they were being watched and protected as they slept.
- New Zealand Made
- Height: 257mm
- Weight: 270g