Feather Box


From: New Zealand

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Native Name Waka Huia
Object Number P3203A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Maori
Provenience New Zealand
Date Made 1834
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood | Shell

Wooden box for storing huia feathers and small ornaments. Rectangular. Human figures with inlaid shell eyes as handles on short sides. Surface decoration consisting of dog-tooth notches and parallel ridges (rauponga). Late 19th century Arawa. Rectangular lid (B). 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 46 cm
Width 12.3 cm
Depth 9 cm
Credit Line Purchased from the J. C. Stevens Auction Rooms, 1912
Other Number 48a - Dealer's Number

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