About this object

A lid for a boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box), with pointed ends cut straight. All carved decoration is on the outside of the lid. The main design elements are interlocking 'v' shapes at each end and koru (bulbed hook shapes) and linear elements along the middle section, formed by three ridges. The rest of the pattern is based on diagonal rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between).

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
    46.0 x 13.0 x 3.0 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. Attribution: Probably Taranaki, early 1820s to 1840s. A very fine piece (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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