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Waka Huia, D87.6

Physical Description

Wood waka huia shaped bowl with lid. Pedestal legs at each end carved in form of human figures. Bowl deep internal sides smoothed, base rough - unstained. Rest of waka huia stained black. Lid and bowl carved with human figures (3 vertical rows each side) with longitudinal raised ridge along lid, carved with 2 human figures with perforation (handle) between. Inlaid paua eyes.

Research Notes

An outstanding example of a kumete style waka huia. The accession registry entry suggests a Rotorua origin which I tend to support. Possibly Ngai Tarawhai hapu. —Mr Mat Ellison




Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 147 x 470 x 280mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (a - Base): 147 x 470 x 210mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (b - Lid): 147 x 360 x 100mm

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