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..
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

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. 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 19th century Maori flax karawai karure (flax cloak) century 1840, with spaced whatu ahe rua (two-pair weft twining) of alternating rows of natural and black ahe, 6mm apart. From the gate pa region in Tauranga. Unravelling decorative threads. in poor cond

Two large New Zealand colonial kauri gum busts, a Maori chief with tattooed face and flax cloak, together with a Wahine with moko and flax cloak. Height of each 20 cm, Tiria District, Northland, c.1880-90. Some faults

A carved kauri gum head of a Maori woman, her face detailed with chin moko, she wears a flax cloak across her shoulder. Height 10 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.

A Maori feather kete muka, the woven flax decorative body with two handles, cotton lined interior and the exterior almost entirely covered with feathers of brown, tan and paler tones. Length 28.5 cm. Height 19.5 cm

19th century Maori woven flax cloak, with tassels and black and white feather borders, salmon colour woven fringe at bottom. Protected from the elements as displayed in glass frame. Height 79. Width 108 cm

Kete Muka kiwi - flax and kiwi feather bag with leather strap, construction from cotton based twine. Double pair construction with kiwi feathers attached on every second aho (weft). Signs of Kaka feathers. Leather shoulder strap attached. Lined, late 20th

Kete Muka kiwi - flax and kiwi feather bag, finely made kiwi feather kete. Double pair twining with kiwi feathers attached on every second aho (weft), the muka kapapa is in good order. Height 23 cm. Width 22 cm.

A kete Muka - flax bag, single pair twining and decorative fingle on three borders. Separated warps in cross over pattern. Unlined. Note: very early original dominion, tag still affixed. Height 17 cm. Width 30 cm.

A rare Maori flax bag (kete muka) 22 x 30 cm finely woven in flax fibre and with darkened fibre forming lateral bands

9th century Maori muka or flax cloak, the muka Kaupapa of double-pair twining with some shaping evident, decorated throughout with rolled hukahuka cords of muka (dyed), the bottom edge fringe of hukahuka tags

19th century Maori feather and flax cloak with a large taniko border and four rows of feathers

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