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.

Rare tattooing bowl. Very rare tattooing pigment bowl fashioned from a root ball, the naturally bent handle leads to a carved bowl with haehae and pataki designs and is highlighted with an abstracted tiki head with a protruding spilt tongue. Rich mid brown

An early 20th century Maori carved pipe, the bowl with a stylised carved head with paua inset eyes, the silver collar hallmarked London 1901, long tapered mouthpiece

A 20th century Maori lidded kumete (food bowl) c.1950s. Length 45 cm.

A ?th century Maori carved wooden feeding bowl. Bowl is shaped like a gourd. Pakati, haehae designs, with paua shell inlay. The bowl depicts four manaia and one tekoteko face. Length 38 cm, height 10 cm.

Pipe the bowl carved with tiki mask, paua set eyes [pending registration]

A rare contact period very large Matai food bowl (kumete). Found at Ngaere, South Taranaki. Square projection to one side with projecting tiki figure to opposite side (head broken off). Hole to one side near base. Length 85.5 cm. Depth 25.5 cm

Group of Folk items (3) early 20th-century carved folk items: waka, tiki and bowl. Length 40 cm. Width 4.5 cm; length 6.5 cm. Width 4.5 cm; length 13.5 cm. Width 5 cm

Carved pipe finely carved tobacco pipe. Extremely fine spiral h'h' and dog-tooth work throughout the entire bowl and neck. Single tiki face to front with tongue extended. The letters 'Wn' framed in a shield carved to back of bowl. Length 16 cm. Width 4 cm

Ross Johns greenstone sculptured bowl. Ross Johns is a member of Ngai Tahu tribe and the only artist selected by Ngai Tahu to have one piece of his artworks gifted to Te Papa forever. Length 36.5 cm. Height 6.5 cm, W23 cm.

Transitional lidded bowl, carved hollowed bowl seated on a fluted base guarded by four boldly carved tiki motifs. Triple h'h' design and pakati tching overall. The lid also fully carved with tiki figure handle. Inset paua to base rim and eyes. Rich dark pa

Late 19th century Maori food bowl (kumete). Two stone carved Maori figures holding the bowl, tiki faces are carved on either side of the bowl and there are four tiki faces on the lid all with paua shell inset eyes, the kumete has rauru (an elliptical centr

19th century rare wooden Jacob Heberley pipe. beautifully carved with two reclining tattooed Maori males lying back to back on either side of bowl with paua shell inset eyes. Length 13.5 cm

Large transitional Wakahuia, carved bowl supported by the outstretched arms and feet of two stylized figurative forms, each rendered with rauponga, triple h'h' and pakati notching, the lid carved with a bold and muscular tiki figure and decorated with stro

Anaha Te Rahui (1822-1913), superb 19th century ngati tarawhai figure-supported bowl, the carved bowl supported by the outstretched arms of two crouching figures, each superbly rendered with rauponga, triple h'h' and pakati notching, the chin of each figur

Tata (Waka Bailer), extremely well balanced example in the minimalistic early form, the base extends and terminates with minimalist mania or tiki figure, emphasized with fully incised almond-shaped eyes, perforated nostrils and relief mouth, the body of ta

Early 20th century Maori kumete (food bowl), with tattooed stylised Maori faces as lifting handles. Given by the Te Arawa tribe to the native land court judge, Judge Holland 03/09/1932. Carved in spirals, criss-cross decoration. Has a sterling silver plaqu

A superb and important Maori kumete, delicate shallow cupped lid with fine double rarua spirals and h'h' lines throughout. Handle presents mirrored tekoteko figures connected head to head and arching forward in acrobatic stance. Body of vessel carved in fu

19th century Maori stone Grinding bowl. Diameter 26 cm

Late 19th century/20th century pipe bowl carved with tiki mask (no stem mouth piece)

A fine 19th century lidded urn, circular on pedestal with lid, pedestal base and stem with wharkarare and whakatara patterns, two Kuri (dogs) on the pedestal, stem with Janis type face with circular paua insets, the bowl and lid with rauru spiral patterns,

A rare and a fine 19th century carved Maori wooden kumete by a master carver (unknown). Two Maori tiki figures support a carved bowl with paua shell eyes

Pre-European large archaic-form Maori wooden bowl rectangular shape with rounded edges, from a hollowed out tree trunk, two knobs for holding, base has been flattened to allow for stability, dark brown stain (and has probably been stored in a swamp)

Maori carved pipe by Neke Kapua, the bowl carved with three faces and protruding tongues, and a koru style stem

Maori carved pipe with a silver collar by Liberty & Co., also marked 'Ee, London 1926', the carved bowl set with paua shell eyes and a very long stem

Maori pipe, the bowl of a carved face with a protruding tongue and set with paua shell eyes

Canoe Bailer Taranaki Region of dark brown wood, with deep scoop bowl and steep sides. Raised flared handle with rounded knob end, back section with carved face and inset paua shell eyes. Provenance: Given to one of the passengers of 'Lord Worsley' wrecked

A late 19th century two Manaia supported Kumete of deep oval form, in black wood finish with some underlying wood showing through, the Kumete is supported on stand by full manaia figures at each end, the bowl supported on the manaia backs, the bowl has a h

A carver unknown Maori imp character small plaque two-dimensional relief carved, the fairy figure, not unlike the Maori fairy characters created by the pen of Trevor Lloyd, holding aloft a carved bowl with a large pohutukawa flower, a whare in the distance

19th century South Taranaki Maori wooden bowl with horizontal lugs level with the rim, one end carved with a human tiki face, the other lug was not carved

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