Large Maori Wakahuia Carved Wooden Feather Box
Waka Huia were used for holding ceremonial items or valued treasures and also the long tail feather of the Huia bird, The tail feathers were used to adorn the hair of Maori chiefs hence the names origins.
Combs for the hair, tiki, greenstone and bone ornaments, valued feathers and other small treasures were all retained in the Wakahuia under a special tapu. The box was suspended from a rafter of a Chief's sleeping hut or kept in small Whale Rangi upheld by a very long pole.
This wakahuia was hand-carved and hand-painted out of the NZ native timber, matai. This is an authentic, traditional Maori design.
Measurements 500mm x 110mm.