The treasure boxes are well carved and much treasured, being handed down from generation to generation. They are surrounded by a halo of tapu, or sacred power, which is delivered from the mana, or prestige of former owners. The tapu of a wakahuia is especially great because it will have held objects associated with head such as pendants, combs and huia feathers. Wakahuia often had knob-like handles on each end with which they were suspended from the roof for safe keeping.
- New Zealand Made
- Measurement: 21 x 7cm