About this object

A boat-shaped lidded bowl with a looped handle on the lid and carved tiki (humanoid) figures at each end forming legs. The tiki have round eyes, with shell inlay on the eyes of one figure, and each 'leg' has a flat base. All carved decoration is on the outside of the bowl. The main design elements are three panels on the base and two on the lid, each panel with three large rolling double spirals. The surface patterns are carved using pakati (dog's-tooth notches) and haehae (parallel grooves), including double spirals on the buttocks of one of the tiki, and long 'ovals' on the other. The lid and the base slot together via two rectangular pegs and holes. One peg is missing. A label attached has the letters 'T M A'.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1935 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, inlaid
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    45.5 x 12.5 x 18.0 cm
  • Note
    Attributions: Rotorua, about 1900 (David Simmons, October 1981); 1880s or 1890s (Roger Neich, March 1994).

    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Glendining's Auction Rooms on 11-12 March 1935, Lot 170 (Mr Stow).
  • Related people
    Glendining and Co Ltd (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1935-03-12
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Glendining and Co Ltd

    Owned from: 1935-03-12
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1935-03-12
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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