Box card

Box

54.160.107
A rounded rectangular waka huia (treasure box) with humanoid heads at each end of the base forming handles. Only one head has a carved surface design. All carved decoration is on the outside of the box. The main design elements are based on rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between) in overlapping arcs in each quarter. The lid and base both have a lengthways midline of pakati (dog's-tooth notches), each interrupted by four small flat circles. Two of the circles on the base are carved out with central pegs, probably for shell-inlay (not present). May be unfinished. Red pigment remains in some grooves.