Learn about Maori Artifacts - Important Notice

Under the New Zealand Protected Objects Act 1975, administered by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture & Heritage, the sale, trade, export and ownership of some Maori artefact are regulated Objects over 50 years old that also have Maori cultural significance must be inspected by Ministry for Culture & Heritage, and if significant the object will be allocated a "Y" number, a unique identification number. Artefacts that have a Y number can only be purchased by those that are registered collectors with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. These collectors have a ‘registered number’. Y numbered artefacts cannot leave the country without written permission from the Ministry for Culture & Heritage. Those who are not registered collectors, and usually reside in New Zealand, can apply to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to become one. There are no restrictions on the purchase of Maori items that have no Y number or Pacific Island or other artefacts from around the world. As this site is a price guide, and does not offer items for sale, the Y numbers applicable to any items on this site are not displayed..

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A 19th century kiwi-feather and muka kete, Y14955, 17 cm x 22 cm

A muka kete, double pair twining decorated with white Kereru feathers and red and green kaka feathers. Y registration 17509. Length 15 cm

An early 19th century muka kete circa 1845 decoratively feathered with kereru feathers 14 cm x 19 cm

An early 19th century muka Kete Circa 1845 decoratively feathered with kereru (native pigeon) tui and Kiwi feathers Y registration pending 20 cm x 20 cm

Muka Kete robustly constructed with double pair twining and cross weaved pattern and substantial fringe. Y registration pending 23 cm x 23 cm

Four kete, late 20th century, with raranga. Width 43 cm max

Three small kete, with raranga, Y12954, Y12952, Y12953. Width 27 cm max

Four food gathering kete, mid-20th century. Width 52 cm max

Kete muka. A large example of a woven constructed muka bag with double pair twining, separated warps in a raised wave pattern in a chequered design, and a substantial fringe. Height 30 cm. Width 43 cm.

Kete muka. A masterfully constructed muka bag with double pair twining, separated warps in a intertwined wave pattern, and a substantial fringe with tassels. Purple and blue dyed warp decoration, with a silk lining. Height 35 cm. Width 47 cm.

Fine kete. A good example of a muka bag with single pair twining, with large fringe. Very good condition. Height 21.5 cm. Width 30 cm.

Kete muka. Two small muka bags, in very good condition. Height 24 cm. Width 20 cm. H12.5 cm. Length 10.5 cm.

Kete muka kiwi. Very good example of a finely made kiwi feather kete, double pair twining with kiwi feathers attached on every second aho (weft). The muka kaupapa is in good condition. Two decorative tassels to the front and one on the back. Height 17 cm.

Kete muka kiwi. Extremely fine construction with double paired twining and kiwi feathers attached on every second aho (weft). Very good condition. Height 21 cm. Width 25 cm.

Kete muka kiwi. Early woven kete single twining with attached kiwi feathers attached on every second aho (weft). Some feather loss. Height 19 cm. Width 24 cm.

A rare 19th century large kiwi feather bag (kete). Woven flax in superb condition. Length 39 cm. Width 37 cm. Depth 35 cm

A Maori feather bag (kete). Feathers include pheasant and Pukeko. Wool fringe with handles. Includes note about the history of kete. Length 18 cm. Width 8 cm

A late 19thC/early-20th century muka kete/tea cosy, banded with looped and wavy woven designs, long tasselled fringe with bow and tassel to the tapered end. Note: similar kete are recorded as being made c.1890 as 'Fashion' or dress items intended for socia

Fine kete, with double pair twining, highlighted with a raised wave pattern. Natural blue dye with two attached handles. Height 15 cm. Width 11.5 cm (bag only)

Fine kiwi kete finely made kiwi feather kete. Double pair twining with kiwi feathers attached on every second aho (weft). The muka kaupapa is in good condition. Some loss of feathers evident. Length 13 cm. Width 14 cm

Fine kiwi kete superb kiwi-feather kete. Double-pair twining with kiwi feathers attached on every second aho (weft). The muka kaupapa is in good condition. Feathers in good condition. Length 20 cm. Width 20 cm

Fine kete Robustly constructed from cotton-based twine. Both sides are covered with various coloured feathers that are attached on every second aho (weft). Length 20 cm. Width 22 cm

An early 20th century kiwi feather kete with kiwi and other birds' feathers. Length 18 cm. Width 15 cm.

A fine 19th century kiwi feather kete with muka flax fibre handles. Feathers are long, those of a mature kiwi bird. Length 22 cm. Width 30 cm.

A Papua New Guinea flax woven kete with bird feathers. Century 1920. Height 29 cm. Width 23 cm.

Two 20th century Maori kete, one of woven muka entirely decorated with feathers, the other of black woven candlewick with red feather highlights

An old Maori woven and decoratively feathered small kete, the tightly woven (taaniko style weave) body of candlewick (white cotton string) decorated with bands of kereru (native pigeon) and with long kiwi feathers to the base. 20 x 22.2 cm c.late 19thC

Early kete, kete whakairo woven in combination of taki tahi and taki rua. Koekoea pattern. Black dyed strands alternating with un-dyed. thick plaited muka handle on each side. Height 6 cm. Width 27 cm

Kete, muka bag with single pair twining, substantial fringe, and separated warps in cross-over pattern. Plaited handles. Height 20 cm. Width 29 cm.

Kete, muka bag with double pair twining, a substantial fringe and separated warps in cross-over pattern. Height 21 cm. Width 24 cm.

Rare kete - Houhi, specific to the South Island. Openwork detailing with twisted muka handles. Height 35 cm. Width 45 cm.

Kete, very fine construction with a broad fringe, single pair twining and decorative cross-over pattern to both sides. Height 22 cm. Width 28 cm.

Kete, robustly constructed muka bag with a substantial fringe, double paired twining, and separated warps in raised wave pattern. Note: possibly made as a tea cosy. Height 35 cm. Width 46 cm.

Kete, a masterfully constructed muka bag with double pair twining, separated warps in a raised wave pattern, and a substantial fringe. Height 42 cm. Width 50 cm.

Kete, small woven harakeke bag with Kia Ora design to front and back, twisted muka handles. Height 14 cm. Width 21 cm.

Kete, small woven harakeke bag with attached twisted handles. Height 16 cm. Width 20 cm.

Kete, small woven harakeke bag with openwork detailing and twisted muka handles. Height 18.5 cm. Width 22 cm.

Kete, large woven harakeke bag with purple detailing and twisted muka handles. Height 20 cm. Width 27 cm.

Two small kete, small woven harakeke bags with purple detailing and twisted muka handles. Height 12.5 cm. Width 15 cm.

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