Bowl-wood

Production date
Late 20th Century
Country
New Zealand
State/Province
North Island
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Description
Register description: Bowl-wood, WAKAHUIA lidded, carved ancestral figure at one end, incised Maori ancestral figure and curvilinear designs, inset POUHA shell eyes.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES
CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Presentations
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Measurements
L266 x W139 x H161 mm - overall
L266 x W139 x H130 mm - base only
L178 x W136 x H35 mm - lid only
Media/Materials description
Wood, shell, metal
History and use
In New Zealand, wakahuia (or treasure boxes), were used by Maori people to contain small treasures and valued personal adornments. Traditional wakahuia were carved in a more elongated shape than this example, and would be kept suspended from the rafters of houses.

This wakahuia was made as an official gift, and was presented to former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie by the Mayor of Auckland John Banks in 2004.
Registration number
E18229

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