- Museum number
Feather box or treasure box (wakahuia) made of wood.
- Production date
- 19thC (c. 1810s-1830s)
Length: 77 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Starzecka, Neich and Pendergrast 2010
195 Plate 53
Treasure box, wakahuia
LMS 151. Length 77 cm.
Wooden box: very dark brown, long, oval shaped with flat lid, rim rabbeted for lid. Projecting wheku head on short neck with low-relief body at each end: plain spirals on shoulders and knees, pakura on arms, hands and feet, whakarare on lower body of one figure. Surface between figures divided by low-relief rauponga and whakarare into quarters filled with irregular rauponga. Part of rim on one side in pakura, but most left plain. Lid with two separated high-relief male figures, feet towards ends, hands on chest, plain spirals on shoulders and hips; lid surface divided by whakarare into eight sections, each carved in rauponga. Several cracks in base of box, multiple insect marks, especially on lid, with slight damage to face of one figure. Base marked in black ink: ‘Piha New Zealand’.
Provenance: London Missionary Society Collection.
Comments: Poverty Bay, 1810s–30s, unusually long box of considerable age and distinctive carving technique (RN); East Coast (DRS).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002-2008 Oct-Oct, The British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, Bristol, Permanent Gallery display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1911C27.151a (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Oc1890,Loan (originally loaned to BM in 1890 by LMS)
Miscellaneous number: Oc1981,Q.1381 (also registered as)