Feather Box Lid


From: New Zealand

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Native Name Waka Huia
Object Number P3203B
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Maori
Provenience New Zealand
Date Made 1834
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood | Shell

Flat rectangular lid for feather box P3203A. Two heads caved in relief with shell inlaid eyes. Surface decoration consisting of dog-tooth notches and parallel ridges (rauponga). Late 19th century Arawa. Purchased at auction from J. C. Stevens, London, on April 16, 1912. The catalogue description reads as follows: "Wakahuia, a carved box for ornaments and tail feathers of the Huia bird literally a jewel box, 18 1/2 in. in length. The handles comprise two figures in high relief, there are two heads on the lid. This box was brought from New Zealand to England in H.M.S. Alligator in 1834; of unusual and quaint design."

Length 20 cm
Width 11.2 cm
Credit Line Purchased from the J. C. Stevens Auction Rooms, 1912
Other Number 48a - Dealer's Number

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