About this object

A boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box) with humanoid heads at each end of the base forming handles. All carved decoration is on the outside of the box. The main design elements are a large central double spiral in the centre of the lid and one on the base, both with long pakati (dog's-tooth notches) between the ridges. The rest of the pattern is also based on rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between). Curved rauponga fill the four corners of the lid and base, and the midlines have lengthways whakarare (distorted pattern where the ridges of the rauponga regularly curve across the line of notches) . The lid and the base are joined by pegs and holes at each end. The lip of the box base is damaged.

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
    53.5 x 15.0 x 12.5 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.

    Attribution: East Coast - Bay of Plenty, 1830 (David Simmons, October 1981).

    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
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