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Virgin and child

27.7.2009: tekoteko (ancestral figurine from the ridge of a roof) or whakapakoko (god stick; image of a god). Image of the Virgin and child carved for a Catholic chapel in 1845, probably by Patoromu Tamatea, a convert to Christianity. It was deemed 'unsuitable' for use by the French missionary priests. However, the carving was rehabilitated and featured prominently in the ceremony to welcome John Paul II to New Zealand in 1986. Auckland War Memorial Museum.


Taken for a class I was teaching on missionary Christianity in NZ a few weeks ago.

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Taken on July 27, 2009