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Currently not on display


A boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box) with humanoid heads on the base at each end forming handles. One head is damaged. All carved decoration is on the outside of the box. The major design elements are four large double spirals on the base and one at one end of the lid. The rest of the lid has two long, narrow ellipses down the central section. The box is unfinished; many parts of the surface are smooth and uncarved. The parts that are carved have either pakati (dog's-tooth notches) or haehae (grooves), but not the two together. Both the lid and the base have a circular hole at each end.