21cm x 10cm x 8.3cm Weighs 420g approximately
Made in NZ from Pacific Kauri (Agathis macrophylla)
This piece has Pāua inlay set in the eyes of the Tiki and surrounds of the lid and base.It closes with a neat hole and pin at each end.
Waka huia are treasure containers for storing a person's most prized personal possessions, such as hei tiki (pendants), feathers for decorating and dressing the hair, and other items of personal adornment.
Waka huia and Papa hou were imbued with the tapu (taboo) of their owners because they contained personal items that regularly came into contact with the body, particularly the head (the most tapu part of the body).