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Waka Huia, D40.45

Physical Description

Large round ended shallow U sectioned and flat lidded box. Lid decoration in quadrats with diagonal strap motif each. Base has same pattern except the straps encircle the centre point. Female figures on each end with bodies in high relief on box and heads projecting to form knobs. Heads have serrated paua shell eyes.One figure has double spirals on shoulders and one thigh with three fingered hands placed normally. The other figure has double spirals on shoulders only and three fingered hands that reach from behind legs and three fingers turned back on front.Polished patina on surface of wakahuia Box has inset around complete perimeter of rim in which the lid sits snugly.
Condition good with red and black paint still adhering - red (notched ridges) and black (haehae grooves).

Provenance

Stated to belong to Murihiki chief and to have been buried with him
From the Chapman Collection

Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 550 x 187 x 90mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (a - Waka huia): 74.6 x 185 x 554mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (b - Lid): 18 x 180 x 462mm

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