- Museum number
Bowl, on short legs, feather box or treasure box(?) (wakahuia) made of wood, haliotis shell. Each end has a human figure with large projecting hed.
- Production date
- early 19thC (before 1854)
- Curator's comments
- Starzecka, Neich and Pendergrast 2010
181 Plate 50
1854.12-29.82. Length 77.5 cm.
Wooden, large, deep and pointed-oval bowl in form of treasure box with wakahuia, on four legs. Black and red stain. Slightly raised lid divided by whakarare into quarters, each with large rauponga spiral; peg at each end to fit into notch on bowl; raumoa and haehae in black; carved plain loop for string in centre of lid. Bowl with projecting wheku head at each end on carved low relief unsexed figure: haliotis-shell eyes, hands on chest, plain body, plain spirals on shoulders and hips. Bowl surface divided by whakarare into quarters, each filled with large rauponga spiral. Legs carved from solid, covered with rauponga. Raumoa and haehae black, pakati red; red ochre on figures.
Provenance: Grey Collection.
Register: ‘Bowl for preserved birds. Wooden box “papa” in which to keep feathers & other valuables.’
Comments: Poverty Bay; 1840s–50s (RN); 1860, casket (DRS).
References: Neich 2005: 64.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1998 27 Jun-1 Nov, London, BM, Maori
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number