Box card

Box

54.160.108
A boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box) with humanoid heads each at each end of the base forming handles. 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 whakarare (a distorted pattern where several parallel ridges regularly curve across a notched ridge between them). One lengthways and three crossways whakarare are superimposed on diagonal rauponga on both base and lid. There is a hole in one side of the base, and the lid ends are broken. Red pigment remains on the eyes .