About this object

A boat-shaped waka huia (treasure box) with humanoid heads each at each end of the base forming handles. All carved decoration is on the outside of the box. The main design elements are based on rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between) in whakarare (a distorted pattern where several parallel ridges regularly curve across a notched ridge between them). One lengthways and three crossways whakarare are superimposed on diagonal rauponga on both base and lid. There is a hole in one side of the base, and the lid ends are broken. Red pigment remains on the eyes .

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Red Pigment; Carved
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    41.0 x 13.0 x 9.0 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. Acquired by Beasley from Philip Hall, 6 March 1924.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner); Philip Hall ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Marguerite Beasley

    Owned from: 1924-03-06
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Philip Hall

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1924-03-06
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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