Wooden burial chest


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Hollow burial chest (waka tupapaku) in the form of a standing male figure. The arms are highly conventionalized and the hands have three fingers. The left side is decayed with traces of red pigment in the hollows of the carving. The cavity at the back is rectangular and the cover lost. OC1950,11.1


  • Title: Wooden burial chest
  • Date Created: 1700/1850
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 93 cm
  • Period/culture: Polynesian
  • Material: wood
  • Copyright: The Trustees of the British Museum
  • British Museum website: OC1950,11.1

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