This waka huia (treasure box) was produced by an unknown carver, probably from the east coast of the North Island, between 1800 and 1850. The lid is dominated by a male and a female figure engaged in sexual intercourse. Sexual symbolism was often incorporated into Māori decorative art, and sexual union was celebrated rather than seen as sinful.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
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