About this object

A base for a boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box), with humanoid heads at each end forming handles. All carved decoration is on the outside. Two large double spirals on either side of the lid in the centre and koru (bulbed hook shapes) and other curved and linear elements superimposed on diagonal rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between). One head is damaged.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    51.0 x 12.0 x 7.0 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. Attributions: Whanganui, 1860 (David Simmons, October 1981); before 1860 (Roger Neich, March 1994).
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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