Tekoteko ; Devonshire, Charles; 1938; MT2012.82.1

Name/Title

Tekoteko

About this object

Tekoteko; (carved figure on the gable of a house). In 1937 a group of Mataura locals built a monument and whare (Te Wairua) at Tuturau to mark the centennial of Te Pūoho’s raid, the decisive event of which occurred in Tuturau in December 1836. The centennial celebrations were delayed a year due to a polio outbreak. This tekoteko sat on top of the whare.

The NZ History website tells the story of this Musket Wars raid. Over 3,000 people attended the opening of the monument and whare. A feature article detailing the Centennial committee's work and the opening of the monument appears in the Mataura Ensign dated 6 December 1937.

The carver was Charles Devonshire, a pakeha from Kirwee in Canterbury, who had an interest in the Tuturau reserve. The Hesselin family rescued it from vandals and later donated it us.

Maker

Devonshire, Charles

Maker Role

Carver

Date Made

1938

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Tuturau

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood
organic, animal. shell, paua

Inscription and Marks

White label reads, 'TEKOTEKO / Carved figure on gable of Whare / Tuturau Reserve 1938 / Carved by C. Devonshire.'

Measurements

h 740mm x w 140mm x d 120mm
large

Subject and Association Keywords

maori

Subject and Association Keywords

tuturau

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated

Object Type

art work

Object number

MT2012.82.1

Copyright Licence  

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