About this object

A lid for a boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box), with rounded, tapered ends. All carved decoration is on the outside of the lid. The main design elements are koru (bulbed hook shapes) and diagonal linear elements formed by sets of three ridges. These are superimposed on diagonal and lengthways rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between). There are four sets of ridges with long pakati (dog's tooth notches) between them across the central area, bounded by koru and crescent segments. The central area may have been repaired.

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
    40.0 x 12.0 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.
  • 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
Have 13 place tagsPage load time: 93 ms