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Waka Huia, D29.1777

Physical Description

Medium sized round ended box with semi-circular cross-section. Box is 2/3rds cross section, lid 1/3. Lid is divided down the centre, two double spirals on each side in the usual straps of ridge and dot motif. The base has the same ornamentation plus female(?) figures on the base at each end. Figures have long necks with the heads forming the terminal knobs. A second 'neck' extends from the back of the heads to the box forming the lateral perforation that allows the in sertion [sic] of the suspension cord. Heads have no carved relief on eyes. Lid is hollowed out, forms 1/3 inside space. Wood, totara, (Podocarpus totara).
Condition good except for scars where hinges and clasps were once inset and three bore holes extending into lid. Inside surfaces show evidence of light varnish. Two notches placed centre either end of lid fit into slots in box to secure.




Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 410 x 117 x 100mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (a - Waka huia): 70 x 425 x 115mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (b - lid): 40 x 305 x 115mm

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