Hand Carved Teko Teko Paua Eyes Table Lamp Maori NZ Rotarua. You are viewing a beautifully carved wooden New Zealand Maori Teko Teko Table Lamp with inlaid iridescent paua shell eyes. The intricate carving of wood is an art form that is handed down from generation to generation and is used by the Maori's to commemorating ancestors. Usually carved in postures of war dances or as Teko Teko with tongues thrust out, carrying clubs or spears... All these stances are fearful and in defiance of an enemy.
Paua eyes are used for the eyes because they reflected the light at night, making the carvings more lifelike, making the people feel as if they were being looked over and guarded by their ancestors while they slept at night. #TEKO TEKO is the Guardian Deity carving found at Apex of the Meeting House "Marae" (sacred place) It is customary to place figures in the corners of buildings.
It is considered a protector to ward off evil spirits and thought to represent Ancestral Chieftan who first brought the Waka Taua (War Canoe) to New Zealand during the Great Migration in 1315 from Hawaiki. Used by the Maori people to commemorating ancestors, carved in various postures of war dances with tongues thrust out, carrying clubs or spears (Said To Scare Away Evil Spirits) All in defiance of an enemy. Similar to the way the Christian religion sees Adam, Maori mythology refers to Tiki as the first man. The history of tiki culture dates back to ancient Polynesia.This has a thatched reed lampshade, as it originally had a woven flax version, that was destroyed over time. Easy enough to add another light-shade of your choice of colour, size and design. This has a makers mark stamped in the back which reads "CARVED IN ROTORUA NEW ZEALAND" This would make a statement addition to any Tiki Bar or as tribal art decor for your house or a must-have for the avid Tiki Collector.
In recent time the classic tropical Tiki Bar theme has been making a comeback. Today Modern Tiki Restaurants and Bars have incorporated lounges, live island bands, elaborate stage shows, and even thundershowers.But have kept their tribal roots with brightly coloured fabrics, flaming torches, Rum-based drinks like the Mai Tai and Zombie flows freely and the Tiki Gods Statue maintain their scowling disposition.. I have been using this lamp and it is working, it takes a baton base globe but in accordance with the law I must state THIS ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT is SECOND HAND, IT SHOULD BE INSPECTED and TESTED BY A COMPETENT ELECTRICIAN in ACCORDANCE with AS/NZS 3760. If this is not for you, I have many other interesting and unusual items available in my shop. Please go to my store to view the full range. This item is Vintage 80s, Pre-Owned and it is in Good Condition. There are no cracks, splits or chips in the wood base, but has a little minor surface scuff on the back, there is no damage to the paua shell eyes which are firmly attached. The lampshade is optional, let me know if you don't want it! And it has no damage to the thatching, but is showing some crinkling on the inner lining. The light fitting is working but should be inspected and tested by a qualified electrician # Please note: The Photographs form part of the description; Super-sized photos can show up the finer details and condition.
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The lead photo has had the background removed with Photoshop, all the original untouched photos are also included to view. Any errors will be accidental and not intentional or purposely misleading. The item is measured in both centimetres and inches that are rounded to the nearest quarter inch. HEIGHT: 53 cm / 20.75" (including the lampshade) 31 cm /12" (without shade).WIDTH:6.5 cm / 2.5 (at the front, from eye to eye). DEPTH: 9 cm / 3.5 (from front to the back at the base). LAMPSHADE: 30 cm / 11.75" Tall x 15 cm / 6" Diameter. All measurements are approximate only. 100% AUTHENTIC ITEMS unless otherwise stated. Well wrapped and as described. I highly recommend knightsgold to one and all. As advertised, well packaged and arrived on time.
The item was packed very well and exactly as described. We love Art, Antiques, Vintage Collectables, and Handcrafted Items and are avid collectors of unusual art crafted from Natural Materials. We restore some of our antique pieces, where we can, any restoration work will be noted in the description. I have a large range which is predominately Militaria and Wood and Metal Craft, such as Bronze, Brass, Copper, Silver, Silver Plate, Pewter, and Cast Iron.We also stock Carved Stone, Art Pottery, in fact, everything handmade from Natural Materials and especially unusual items. Such as Statues, Figurines, Sculptures, Door Hardware, Vases, Hollowware, and Flat Ware. We also sell NEW handmade Fashion items such as Hand Knitted Novelty Wool Hats and Beanies, Hemp, Silk, Velvet and Cotton Bags, Purses, and Wallets. If for whatever reason you cannot go ahead with the sale, that's OK but please contact me and I can cancel the sale.
You will not get an unpaid strike. I do not accept Credit Cards. Free Post Listing is not available outside of Australia. Signature is an optional extra (please contact me if you want Signature included).Please feel free to contact me for quotes. Is available on larger items and you are welcome to send your own courier. Please contact me for details. Items that weigh over 20 kg cannot be posted. Items over 105 cm in Length cannot be posted. Most of my items do not have original packaging and I use new heavy-duty bubble wrap and recycled cardboard, paper as my packing materials. All items are sent with tracking. If you require a Fragile Service, you will need to find a courier company that offers this service. Australia Post does not offer a fragile service so items cannot be covered for damage in transit. However, I deal mainly in Metal-ware so breakage is rare. I use heavy-duty bubble-wrap and recycled boxes. Please carefully read the description & view the photos in the gallery to judge for yourself. I try to photograph my items from every angle.
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As New - An item that looks like it has just had its shrink-wrap removed. No visible wear, the item is flawless and intact. Excellent - Minor wear consistent with age and history.Very Good - Minor to moderate wear and tear. Good - Moderate wear and tear, but still has good years left. Fair - Has lived a "full life" and has a distressed look with noticeable wear. Work Needed - Great bones, but will need some work or restoration. If there are any questions about the item, please don't hesitate to contact me. Please contact me with any further questions. I consider that my commitment to my customers is not finished until the item is safely in your hands and you are happy with it. I will then be able to help you and know what I should do to sort out your disappointment.
This way I will learn how and where I need to improve my service to my customers. Again please contact me if you are unhappy in any way and I will do my very best to fix the problem whatever it may be. Txzj pxzj29213 txzj-11 txzj72 txzj115. The item "Table Bedside Lamp Hand Carved Maori Teko Teko Paua Shell NZ Rotarua" is in sale since Sunday, March 28, 2021.This item is in the category "Collectables\Lamps, Lighting\Lamps". The seller is "knightsgold" and is located in Hervey Bay, Queensland. This item can be shipped worldwide.