Queen & Commonwealth
 
Box with feathers
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RCIN 94943

Box with feathers

1953-4

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This carved wooden box, with inlay of abalone shell, is a Wakahuia - a Treasure or Feather Box. It was presented to The Queen on the Commonwealth Tour of 1953-4.

The tail feathers are traditionally worn as a hair adornment by Maori of high status. They are considered tapu or sacred because of their contact with the heads of important individuals.