Tekoteko

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Tekoteko on pataka.

Tekoteko is a Māori language term for a carved human form (either the whole body or head), either freestanding or attached to the gable of a whare (house). Tekoteko are often carved in a defiant stance with a protruding tongue, and holding a mere or taiaha, to ward off intruders. Tekoteko often have eyes made of paua shells.