About this object

A base for a rounded rectangular waka huia (treasure box), with humanoid heads at each end with holes through their necks. There is a raised lip around the edge of the interior. All carved decoration is on the outside. The main design elements are rolling spirals and curved ridges in lozenge and triangular sections. There is a rectangular section with rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between) at one end.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    51.5 x 14.4 x 7.5 cm
  • Note
    Waka huia were used to store precious personal ornaments such as hei tiki pendants, and hung from the rafters inside a house, suspended by the two handles. Attribution: East Coast, 1840 (David Simmons, October 1981). Acquired by Beasley from Reverend WC Hall, 1 April 1936.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner); W C Rev Hall ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1936-04-01
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • W C Rev Hall

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1936-04-01
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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