Wakahuia (valuables box) - ROM2008_10402_34

ROM2008_10402_34

Wakahuia (valuables box)

Maker: Maori culture
Medium:Wood, shell
Geography: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Date: late 19th-early 20th century
Dimensions:
8.3 x 46.5 x 12.7 cm
Object number: HB1519
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionEach style of carving was developed within particular tribal groupings known as waka (literally “canoe hull”). These styles symbolized the spiritual power of the waka and were unique to that group. Thus, the decorative style can be used to determine where an item was probably made. This style belongs to the Tai Rawhiti, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Waikato and Tai Hauraki peoples. The son of a chief would carve a feather box for his own personal possessions as a sign of having mastered an important skill.
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