About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax fibre with two plaited handles. Feathers cover the entire outer surface in white and orange widthways stripes.

The main technique is double-pair twining, which forms the wefts (aho). There are no obvious seams. The warps (whenu) are bent inwards at the top edge and fixed by a line of single-pair twining. There are four or five warps per cm and the wefts are 11 mm apart. The feathers are inserted into the wefts vertically. The orange feathers are probably from the Kaka (Nestor meridionalis) and the white from the New Zealand Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1933
  • Materials
    Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Feather (Kaka); Feather (New Zealand Pigeon); Technique: Twined
  • 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
    30.0 x 2.0 x 20.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Gelndining's Auction Rooms, 14 November 1933, Lot 172 (Mr Stow).
  • Related people
    Glendining and Co Ltd (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1933-11-14
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Glendining and Co Ltd

    Owned from: 1933-11-14
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1933-11-14
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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