Oceanic

Aotearoa Feather Box

Artist: Unknown
Culture/People: Maori
Place: New Zealand
Media: Wood, shell, and pigment
Dims: 4.25 x 22 x 8 in. (10.8 x 55.9 x 20.3 cm)
Date: c. 1830
RTC No: OC0027
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

Description

In traditional Maori households, prized possessions were kept in intricately carved storage boxes like these, including feathers. Feather boxes are a great tradition amongst all Indigenous groups—very private and usually away from our non-Native prying eyes.

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