About this object

A lid for a boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box), with pointed ends. All carved decoration is on the outside of the lid. The main design elements are two large double spirals, one on each side of central lengthways whakarare (a distorted pattern where several parallel ridges regularly curve across a notched ridge between them). There are curves and pointed ellipses in three of the four quarters and curved elements in the fourth, all formed by rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between). Two circles in a line of pataki (dog's tooth notches) a third of the way along the lid may have contained shell inlay, now missing.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    36.0 x 9.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Note
    May have been carved with iron tools.

    Waka huia were used to store precious personal ornaments such as hei tiki pendants, and hung from the rafters inside a house, suspended by the two handles.

    Attribution: East Coast, 1840 (David Simmons, October 1981).

    Acquired by Beasley from S Fenton.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); S Fenton (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • S Fenton

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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