Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Seated Tekoteko with Heru (traditional comb)


  • Medium: tōtara, pāua (New Zealand abalone), whalebone
  • Size: 9.5 × 3.5 × 3.5 inches
  • Reference Code: K80402

“In ancient times it was not uncommon for chiefs to be seated on the ground listening to speeches or oratory from others. When traveling and sleeping overnight people would squat down, pull their cloaks around them to sleep or sit. Also these seated and squat figures were usually seen at the foot of a center pole in the tribal house but also at the poukaiawha on the outside of the house in the porch area. It was a tradition in many tribes for the body of an important chief to be placed at the base of the poukaiawha in a seated or squat position so people could come and mourn his passing.”

Clive Fugill

Clive Ernest Fugill

Clive Ernest Fugill


Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Tainui, Ngāti Rangiwewehi

(1949- )

Clive Fugill was born 15 January 1949, of both Tainui and Ngati Ranginui tribal affiliation. Mr Fugill was one of seven successful applicants for the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute’s first intake for a three year carver training course. He commenced his training in January 1967 and graduated in December 1969. Five of the graduates from that course returned to the Institute for post-graduate training, with Mr Fugill and two others being retained by the Institute to develop their carving skills under the watchful eye of the late Master Carver, Hone Taiapa.