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A Carved Maori Treasure Box


A powerfully carved Maori Revival feather or treasure box. The body of the box carved with a ferocious seated tiki at each end, bodies covered in tattoos, and tongues out. The eyes have been inlaid with abalone shell. The sides of the box have been further carved with tiki faces, The lid is also elaborately carved. The handle features two tiki resting head to head, tongues out, hands clasped in front of them, eyes inlaid with abalone. Tiki masks cover the rest of the lid. The interior stained purple in the traditional fashion.


  • Of the Period
  • Place of origin
    New Zealand
  • Date of manufacture
    Early 20th century
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions

    H 7 in. x W 13 in. x D 5 in.

    H 17.78 cm x W 33.02 cm x D 12.7 cm

  • Seller location
    Austin, TX
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