- Museum number
Wooden treasure box, wakahuia : brown, pointed-oval shape, with high, rounded lid. Large semi-naturalistic head with male tattoo at each end, narrow haliotis-shell eyes. Division between base and lid passes horizontally through each head. Base and lid with two large rauponga single spirals. Pronounced split at bottom and two hairline cracks in lid. Remnants of red fabric tape through mouth of one head.
- Production date
- mid 19thC (before 1871)
Length: 50.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Starzecka, Neich & Pendergrast 2010
Comments: Whanganui, 1860s–70s, noteworthy on this box are single rather than usual double spirals, and division of terminal heads by base/lid join (RN); East Coast, 1860 (DRS).
- Not on display
- Comment on original register slip: 'Both cover and body are split'.
- Acquisition date
- 1871 (12 September 1871)
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1871C1.7366a (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Oc1871C0912.4