Box card

Box

6.2.68.14L

On display

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).