Waka huia

This is the bottom half of a carved treasure box (waka huia). With its intricately carved lid attached to it the box would have been suspended from the roof of a house. These boxes were used to store precious belongings such as prized huia feathers, nephrite ornaments and ceremonial items (taonga) normally associated with someone of high rank like a chief. Treasure boxes of various styles were collected during early voyages and continued being made into the 19th century.

Object Summary

Museum Number 110/1931/8
Simple Name container
Full Name treasure box
Collection Country New Zealand
Common Name waka huia
Production country New Zealand
Material wood
Collection class Containers
Collection continent Oceania
Collection area/region Australia and New Zealand
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1931
Cultural group Maori
Function name container