About this object

A lid for a boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box), with rounded, pointed ends. All carved decoration is on the outside of the lid. The main design elements are interlocking curves across the lid and linear elements along the centre along each side. All are formed by rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between). The pakati (dog's tooth notches in the ridge) are quite long. May have been carved with iron tools.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    32.2 x 8.0 x 2.0 cm
  • Note
    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.

    Attributions: Whanganui (David Simmons, October 1981); Whanganui - South Taranaki, about 1830s (Roger Neich, March 1994).

    Acquired by Beasley from Curtis Moffat Ltd, 3 May 1932.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); Curtis Moffat Ltd (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1932-05-03
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Curtis Moffat Ltd

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1932-05-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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