Featherbox and lid

Narrow rectangular wooden box, the surface covered with incised designs, excepting the lid, which is plain. A stylized head projects at each end, one of which has a carved neck. These boxes were used by Maori chiefs to keep feathers and other personal ornaments. They were suspended from the house rafters and were therefore usually seen from below. Carving representing a basket on both heads and on base of the box. Red pigment applied inside around the rim of bottom part. Evidence of Ramsay label on lid.

  • Material/Medium: wood
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  • Accession number: 1978.550b
  • Category: World Cultures
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