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Tekoteko 'Te Rango' (gable figure), Maker unknown, North Island. Augustus Hamilton Collection. Purchased 1914. Te Papa

 
  • Audience appeal
  • Carved word
  • Maori art in the mainstream
  • New tools, new techniques
  • Close combat

Carved word

Māori carvings began to incorporate writing in the mid 1800s, after missionaries introduced literacy through teaching the ‘Word of God’. This gable figure, which stood at the top of a wharenui (meeting house), names the ancestor Te Rango.