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Waka Huia, Cord, D55.365

Physical Description

Large wide shallow rectangular box with flat lid. Superb example. Ornamentation in form of high relief interlocking human figures. There are 14 of these on the lid, 7 on one side 5 on the other and 15 on the base. The smooth domed heads suggest Kaipara/Hokianga relationships (Register information) but generally N. Auckland, Bay of Islands affinities. Handles on each end are elongated laterally and are formed of two manaia heads biting each other. Lid dovetails into box by three pointed tongues at each end. The back of the skulls of each of the four manaia figures on the handle have a human face incised in them.


See J.P.S. vol. 36 p366
Brought back from:
Probably made in:
Purchased from: Sotheby's
By: Kenneth Webster


Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 165 x 630 x 95mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (b - Lid): 145 x 495 x 25mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (a - Base): 165 x 630 x 70mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (c - Cord): 7 x 1320 x 6mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (d - Cord): 7 x 1890 x 5mm

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