Box

6.2.68.14L

About this object

A rounded 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 whakarare (a distorted pattern where the ridges regularly curve across the line of notches) along the centre and across the middle on both the base and the lid. These are superimposed on rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between), arranged diagonally in each quarter. The eyes are shell-inlaid. There are traces of red pigment in some of the haehae (grooves).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1868 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Paint (Red); Technique: Carved, inlaid
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Received in exchange from the British Museum (Mr A W Franks), 1868
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    37.7 x 11.1 x 8.3 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.

    Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition of Prehistoric Antiquities and Ethnography held at The Walker Art gallery, Liverpool, May 1880. Charles T Gatty 1880.
    Item No 515, page 40.
  • Related people
    British Museum (Previous owner); H Christy (Previous owner); Augustus Wollaston Franks (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Museum: Prehistoric antiquities and ethnography, Part 2.

    Gatty, Charles T

    Author: Gatty, Charles T
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1882
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • British Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1868
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Augustus Wollaston Franks

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • H Christy

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