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..
A good old (early 20th century) Maori greenstone mere (hand club), good dark green tone with paler inclusions, traditional wide spatulate blade, reduced grip with rounded butt end, no drill hole, good overall polish. With numerous old newspaper cuttings pe
Maori hand club wahaika, this hardwood club is finely incised over the entire blade with deep relief linear haehae carving. A finely carved ancestor figure on the side of the club with elliptical eyes, curved legs and hands held to the belly. The butt of t
A modern Maori large carved whalebone wahaika (hand club), traditional curved bladed end with full figure to the mid-section, backing to a relief carved octopus, a further traditional stylised figure to the handle and butt end, paua shell inlaid disc eyes.
Patu Muka. Large stone pounder with circular cross section, bulbous body, extends to top notched handle. Surface is rough and pitted. Andesite. Length 29.5 cm. Width 9 cm. Private collection, New Zealand
Patu Aruhe - Pounder. The patu aruhe (bracken-fern-root pounder) is associated with food preparation; signs of considerable age. Early 19th century or earlier. May have been swamp preserved. Length 29.5 cm. Width 6.5 cm. Private Collection, New Zealand
Superb and Important Hoeroa. This rare traditional whalebone long club was used as a striking weapon, stabbing spear, and missile weapon and was made from the lower jaw of the sperm whale. The is shaped to a transverse, convex edge and the top is finely ca
Fine Patu. Finely carved with a beautifully shaped blade above a tubular handle inlaid with a single paua eye which guards the Patu and its master. Dark brown patina.Length 40.4 cm. Width 11.5 cm. Y Registration Pending
A pair of Maori Folk Art carved wood figures depicting a man and a woman, each with exaggerated heads, the man holding a patu, the woman with moko kauae and with a carved tiki suspended to her chest. Height 30.5 cm
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
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.
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