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 Maori club (taiaha), New Zealand (nineteenth century), carved hardwood and paua shell, 147.2 cm long. Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom. Private Collection, Melbourne

Whalebone kotiate. Flattened traditional form, with pierced holes to body and handle. Soft well used patina. Height 27.2 cm. Width 12.4 cm.

Whalebone kotiate. Carved whalebone in a traditional form with a symmetrical blade, manaia head with open mouth and protruding tongue to handle end. Length 29.2 cm. Width 14 cm

Whalebone kotiate. Classic form with carved decoration to handle and a pierced hole for attachment. Length 26.5 cm. Width 11.5 cm

Two early 20th century Maori carved figures. Woman in cloak with stone club, & male warrior. Spear has losses. Signed 'Hoko Pai' under base. Height 33 cm

Patu: Maori green stone hand club. Childs size, 20 cm

A superb early 19th century bone club (kotiate). Bi-lobed shape with carved head to handle, hourglass hole. Length 31 cm

A Maori wooden hand club (kotiate). Carved on both sides. Carved face to butt with square hole on handle. Length 35.1 cm

Patu paraoa, early whale bone hand club with a broad flared blade tapering to the handle section, faint inscription to the blade section. Provenance: This patu came into the possession of the current owner's family from Fiji in the 19th century.

A good 19th century wahaika, the blade carved with deep linear and haehae carving. The incurve carved with a Wheku head carved in relief with protruding tongue, the handle pierced for wrist suspension and terminating in a further wheku head. Length 35 cm Y

A good whale bone wahaika, the incurve carved with a manaia figure in high relief with hands placed to abdomen, the handle pierced for wrist suspension terminating in a carved wheku head. Length 32 cm

Wahaika deep strong carving style in the form of a manaia face. Two inset eyes and a mouth with tongue protruding. All over decoration of triple haehae and pataki notching small head to base of handle also with inlaid eyes. Pierced hole with attached harak

Superb whalebone kotiate, finely carved in a formal manner, the beautifully symmetrical blade reflects the work of a master carver the surface holds a soft used patina suggesting good age and use a powerfully resolved manaia form guards the kotiate and its

Superb wahaika, blade carved all over with deep relief linear haehae carving. Male figure to incurve with hands wrapped around torso finely carved manaia end with protruding tongue. Pierced hole for attachment. Length 39 cm. Width 11 cm

A 20th century carved stone Chatham Islands Maori hand club of distinctive sickle form, the wide curved blade tapering to a ridge on either side, the handle with butt of stylised bird head form, the banded stone with dark inclusions through to mid/pale gre

19th century Maori carved whalebone kotiate, the traditional blade of double lobed form with carved notches to either side, the straight sided grip terminating in a traditional wheku head inset with paua shell eyes, the suspension hole tapering from each s

A late 18th century stone hand club (patu Onewa), of greywacke. Smooth patina with a ridges butt and hourglass hole. Also marked 4580. Length 30 cm

A late 19th century Maori wooden hand club (wahaika), with carved tiki figure above handgrip and carved butt. Length 40 cm

An early 18th century Maori wooden club (wahaika), of good quality and heavy weight. Figure on the side has paua shell eyes. Slight very old chip in the blade. Overall worn condition in keeping with its age. Length 36 cm

A very rare late 18th century stone carved hand club (patuki), with triangular cross section. Highly carved all over in swirl pattern with eight paua shell inlays. Length 44 cm. Width 6.5 cm

A Maori whalebone hand club (patu Pararoa). Large flared profile with staining and blotchy appearance, possibly from swamp immersion. Blade narrowing to grip with flared butt. Straight sided suspension holes. Four minor chips to circumference of blade. Len

A fine contact period Maori whalebone club (patu paraoa), with five rings to the butt and good wear to the suspension hole. Length 41 cm. Width 9.5 cm

A superb early 19th century whalebone hand club (kotiate), with engraved human head to butt. Red wax in one of the eyes. Excellent patina. Length 31.5 cm. Width 16 cm

A good 19th century Maori carved whalebone kotiate, the traditional blade of double lobed form with carved notches to either side, the straight sided grip terminating in a traditional head with open mouth and exposed tongue, the suspension hole tapering fr

Fine Waihaka, a finely carved wooden club with all-over, deep-relief linear h'h' carving to blade with dog-tooth notching. Strong manaia head to incurve with two inset paua eyes and pierced hole on handle for attachment. Light-brown patina. Length 41 cm. W

Superb wahaika, of classic form with a rounded blade; a masterfully carved manaia form sitting to the incurve, and another fine head carved to the butt of the weapon. Hole to base of handle for attachment. Soft, early patina. Length 34 cm. Width 11.1 cm

Whalebone patu early club carved from whalebone in traditional form with soft, early patina. Pierced hole for attachment. Length 35 cm. Width 8.7 cm

Patu Onewa fine stone club in traditional form. Smooth finish and hourglass-shaped suspension hole. Base of handle carved with five ridged linear lines in ovoid form. Length 29.7 cm. Width 8.4 cm

Early mere pounamu - greenstone hand club, a highly valued and important cultural symbol of mana (authority and prestige) as well as an effective weapon during the pre-musket era. Mere of this form are very rare and hard to come by. Stone-tooled with no ri

A 19th century Maori patu Paraoa (whalebone hand club) with traditional wide tapered spatulate blade, reduced grip, circular drilled lashing hole and four concentric incised grooves to the butt with fine detailed ridges, good old colour and patina. Length

A 19th century wooden carved Maori kotiate, remnants of wax in the eyes, with paua shell inlays. Fully carved with human faces. Carved face to butt with protruding tongue. Length 35 cm.

An 18th century Patu Onewa (stone club) three grooves to butt. Has a crack to the cutting edge, but has been expertly repaired. Length 34.5 cm.

A Maori carved patu onewa (stone hand club) of good proportions, traditional form with spatulate tapered blade, reduced grip, the butt end with four concave curved bands, hour-glass suspension hole, matt polished finish. Length 35.7 cm.

An old Maori carved patu paraoa (whalebone hand club), the traditional wide spatulate blade with remains of old label, tapered grip, ovoid butt end forming to a point, counter sunk suspension hole, semi-polished finish. Length 40.5 cm. Provenance: Old labe

A late 19th century Maori carved kotiate, Whakairo carving to both sides, the lower blade with Koruru mask, linial and notch framing, mask to butt end, linial and notch detail to the grip, paua inset eyes (one missing), dark semi-matt patina

Fine wahaika, of classic form with a large rounded blade a masterfully carved manaia form sitting to the incurve and another finely carved head to the butt of the weapon both inlaid with paua shell (some loss) and a pierced hole to base of handle for attac

Superb kotiate, finely carved with a beautifully symmetrical blade above a tubular handle with a powerfully resolved manaia form which guards the Kotiate and its master. Legend has it that a chief carrying such weapon would often challenge the opposing chi

Superb wahaika, all over deep relief linear h'h' carving to blade. Male and female coupling figures to incurve with hands wrapped around torso with carved moko to chins and cheek. Masks with protruding split tongue to either side of handle above a finely c

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