About this object

A base for a boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box), with humanoid heads at each end attached in two places (neck and back of head). All carved decoration is on the outside. The main design elements are koru (bulbed hook shapes) superimposed on rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between) running lengthways and diagonally along the base.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    18th Century Late
  • 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 14.0 x 11.5 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. Attributions: South Taranaki, 18th century (David Simmons, October 1981); late 18th century (Roger Neich, March 1994). Acquired by Beasley from Curtis Moffat Ltd, 3 May 1932.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner); Curtis Moffat Ltd ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1932-05-03
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Curtis Moffat Ltd

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1932-05-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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