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.
|Full Name||treasure box|
|Collection Country||New Zealand|
|Common Name||waka huia|
|Production country||New Zealand|
|Collection area/region||Australia and New Zealand|
|Production year high||1931|