Box card



Currently not on display

A lid for a boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box), with pointed ends. All carved decoration is on the outside of the lid. The main design elements are two large double spirals, one on each side of central lengthways whakarare (a distorted pattern where several parallel ridges regularly curve across a notched ridge between them). There are curves and pointed ellipses in three of the four quarters and curved elements in the fourth, all formed by rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between). Two circles in a line of pataki (dog's tooth notches) a third of the way along the lid may have contained shell inlay, now missing.