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..
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.
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.
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 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
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
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