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Treasure Box (waka huia)

Location

NEW ZEALAND (AOTEAROA), NORTH ISLAND, GISBORNE REGION

Culture

Maori

Title

Treasure Box (waka huia)

Date

19th c.

Materials

Wood, mother-of-pearl inlays

Dimensions

50.9 x 20.8 x 9.8 cm

Credits

Purchase, inv. 1953.Pc.11

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

This type of box (waka huia) was used for the safekeeping of valuable objects (taonga) such as nephrite ornaments and feathers. Human-faced hooks enabled the box to be hung inside a home in order to better protect such objects.

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