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Currently not on display


A boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box) box with humanoid figures at each end forming legs. Each 'leg' has a flat base. All carved decoration is on the outside of the box. The major design elements are three large rolling double spirals on the central panel of the lid, and three on the base, with ellipses on the side panels. The surface patterns are rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between), arranged diagonally on the side panels in sections between the ellipses formed by ridges and grooves enclosing pakati (dog's-tooth notches). The lid and the base slot together via two pegs on the lid and holes in the base. The grooves have traces of black pigment or paint.