Feather Box

Native NameWaka Huia
Object Number:P3112.5
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: New Zealand
Height: 7 cm
Length: 43 cm
Width: 7.6 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from the J. C. Stevens Auction Rooms, 1912
Other Number:50a - Dealer's Number
P3112C - Old Museum Number


Wooden box for storing huia feathers and small ornaments. Waka Huia. Long oval, with overall decoration of incised concentric curves, some inset with red sealing wax. Handles are heads with tongues curled back into box. "Taranaki, Whanganui style." Purchased at auction from J. C. Stevens, London, on April 16, 1912. The catalogue description reads as follows: "Wakahuia, jewel box of oval shape, length 16 in.; beautifully carved all over in deep spirals; four heads on ends of handles, made of very hard ake-ake wood. A rare and beautiful specimen."

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Simmons, D. R. 1982. Catalogue of Maori Artefacts in the Museums of Canada and the United States of America.. Auckland. Bulletin of the Auckland Institute and Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pl. 236View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Auction] 16 Apr 1912. MAORI Weapons, Implements, Ornaments, Robes to be sold at the Auction Rooms of Mr. J. .C. STEVENS.. London. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 12 (bottom, left and right); p. 13, Lot 50aView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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