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Waka Huia, D27.1729

Physical Description

Deep U shaped rounded ended box with slightly raised lid.
Box has complex human figure on each end. One male one female. Male figure has a left hand in form of manaia head. Both have paua eyes and are raised clear of the box by little blocks. The box rim has a strip of groove and dot ornamentation while the sides have a different pattern of the same motif on either side. On one side there is [sic] two double spirals while on the other the straps run diagonally down from the central dividing strip. The male figure has paua eyes at both the front and the back while the back eyes of the female are formed from trade glass beads.
Lid has strap decoration with a double spiral in each quadrat.
Wood totara (Podocarpus totara)
Condition excellent but there is piece broken off female figure. Lightly coloured with red and black paint or stain.

Research Notes

has complex human figure on each end. One male one female. Male figure has a left hand in form of manaia head. Both have paua eyes and are raised clear of the box by little blocks. The box rim has a strip of groove and dot ornamentation while the sides have a different pattern of the same motif on either side. On one side there is [sic] two double spirals while on the other the straps run diagonally down from the central dividing strip. The male figure has paua eyes at both the front and the back while the back eyes of the female are formed from trade glass beads.
Lid has strap decoration with a double spiral in each quadrat. —Mr Mat Ellison

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Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 130 x 640 x 135mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (a - Base): 130 x 475 x 35mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (b - Lid): 135 x 645 x 100mm

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