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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Early 20th century carved Maori whare facade boards, the amo (vertical supporting boards) each with three main stylised figures and multiple masks, old red paint showing some distress, remains of paua shell discs to eyes, the maihi boards with conforming c

A rare Maori figure decorated sinker (mahe), large sections of the sinker body broken and absent, the top carved with two heads framing a deep hour glass suspension hole. Y registered. Width 11 cm

Large Stone Mere. Dark flecked stone with a manaia head to handle. Length 45 cm, W12 cm

Carved Lintel. Five intertwined manaia figures on a flattened rectangular panel. Blackened patina. Length 76 cm. Width 13 cm. Provenance: T. Clemence Collection, New Zealand

Superb Wahaika. All over deep relief linear haehae carving to blade. Female figure to incurve with hands wrapped around torso with carved moko to chins and cheek and eyes handle end with two finely carved manaia protruding tongues. Pierced hole for attachm

Important Mahe - Sinker. A very rare Pre-European stone carved God sinker (mahe) or ballast stone, with carved janus manaia figures to the top which is perforated for attachment to a line. Of exceptional quality and superior to those in the British Museum,

A Folk Art Maori waka huia, of rectangular shape, the base carved with tiki figures to the sides and weku head handles issuing from the ends, the fitted lid with a handle formed as a recumbent tiki figure. Width 47 cm

A Maori folk art carved figure, in the manner of a tekoteko, the stylised figure with hands clasped to abdomen, the face with incised moko and with further designs carved to torso and arms, a pendant suspended to the figure’s neck and a ribbon bow tie affi

A mid-20th century Maori folk art figure, of a woman with moko kauae to her chin and a ribbon in her hair. Height 610.

Fine tokotoko, by Jacob William Heberley (1849-1906) Te Ati AWA Wellington descent, the gentle tapering shaft carved with a figure to the upper section holding a mere and with crescent shaped paua shell eyes, the shaft decorated with haehae and pataki notc

Fine tokotoko, by Jacob William Heberley (1849-1906) Te Ati AWA Wellington descent, the gentle tapering shaft carved with a figure to the upper section holding a mere and with crescent shaped paua shell eyes, the shaft and knobbed handle decorated with a f

Mid 20th century whalebone wahaika (short club) traditional form with carved full figure to the blade curve 29.5 cm

A contemporary whalebone wahaika, carved by Louis Denolfo, the long hooked form spatulate blade with reduced grip, pierced suspension hole, stylised mask to butt end with protruding tongue and inlaid red wax eyes, stylised male full figure to back edge. Le

An old large Maori carved figured post, the tall stylised figure with detailed moko, pronounced arched back with his right leg upon a further stylised head, he holds a taiaha to his right hand and a raised mere to his left, further stylised figures to the

A large carved Maori pou post, the upper section carved with a full tiki figure, the figure depicted with topknot, moko, paua inset eyes, notch and linial carving to the shoulders and sides, hand with three fingers clasped to abdomen, legs flexed, genitali

An early/mid-20th century Maori carved carver's mallet, the back entirely carved with a stylised Maori figure, some dark stained original finish remaining. Length 30.5 cm

Maori figure with paua disc eyes carved holding a patu aloft. Height 40 cm

A 20th century Maori whalebone wahaika, carved in traditional manner with a profile figure to the blade edge, a stylised head to the butt end, drilled suspension hole, paua inset eyes. Length 35 cm

A rare late 18th century greestone hei tiki, a dark greenstone, with white and brown scistose flaws. The head is especially large, with no neck, with an hourglass suspension hole. The eyes and limbs are deeply carved, with light carving at the mouth and sh

A very good quality 19th century patiti (short handled weapon) carved tiki face at top and manaia head at the base butt., with whale bone handle and an iron mounted axe, maker William Gilpin 1860s imprinted into side of axe blade.

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.

Tekoteko figure, 19th century, surmounting a koruru mask, the tekoteko holding a patu, Y13863. Height 82 cm

An impressive ngati tarawhai carved model waka Taua (war canoe), early 20th century, the hull carved with rauponga and kowhaiwhai decoration and inset with paua shell and with muka binding. The Taurapa (stern piece) with further rauponga carving and with a

Tene Waitere (attributed), a superb and rare carved ngati tarawhai fire surround, modelled after a pare (lintel) and Whakawae (supports) from the door frame of a Wharenui, the whakawae with ancestral figural carving as male and female forms, the male holdi

A 19th century Maori carved complete doorway (pare and support posts), the central stylised figure fully carved with haehae design and notched detail, tongue extended, the three digit hands clasped to the stomach, flanked by double spirals (pitau), further

Patu handle. Whalebone handle end with detailed manaia figure carving to end. Length 34.6 cm. Width 1.8 cm.

Rare Maori doll. Standing figure with bent legs and arms resting to side, the face with lineal moko design wide eyes and mouth with protruding tongue. Length 14.4 cm. Width 6.2 cm.

Carved architectural element. Superb standing tiki figure, heavily carved double haehae and dog tooth notching. Dry red washed patina. Height 72 cm. Width 27 cm.

Carved architectural element. Flattened square form, large mouth, carved in a figure eight design, slightly protruding tongue, large eyes (shell inlay missing). Highly decorated surface with varied triple and double haehae and fine notching. Red-wash patin

Carved architectural element. Flattened rectangular board, deeply carved with a side facing manaia with a large open mouth bearing teeth, protruding tongue and hand resting to face, red-wash patina. Height 64.4 cm. Width 34 cm.

Carved architectural element. Koruru' strong tiki figure with mouth open revealing a lizard with an inset shell eye, carved double haehae and dog tooth notching. Dry red-wash patina. Height 49.5 cm. Width 34.5 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

Peter Sauerbier, aotearoa, bronze tiki figure, modelled holding standing holding a patu. Height 60 cm

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

A contact period wooden Maori carving. Red stained wooden carving. Figure standing with hands clasped to abdomen, paua shell inset eyes. Provenance: Ex-Wagener Museum. Length 63 cm

Northland, possibly Ex Wagener Museum wooden carved Maori figure. Red stained figure with spiral carved thighs and buttocks and carved spiral to centre of back. Split to face and abdomen. Height 46 cm (excluding stand).

An impressive early 20th century Ngati Tarawhai, carved model Waka Taua (war canoe), the hull carved with rauponga and kowhaiwhai decoration and inset with paua shell and with muka binding. The Taurapa (stern piece) with further rauponga carving and with a

Tene Waitere (attributed), finely carved hoe, with orthodox leaf shaped blade carved in deep relief with two ancestral figures and two manaia decorated with rauponga and with cut paua shell eyes. The reverse side of the blade with low relief Kowhaiwhai car

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

A vintage carved Maori warrior figure, taiaha broken. Height 20 cm

A vintage carved Maori Wahine figure, headdress broken. Height 28 cm

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