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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Vintage finely carved New Zealand Maori fighting club (mere), approx 40 cm long

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

20th century whale bone club, kotiate 30.5 cm length, registration pending

A New Zealand greenstone club, the tapering flat club of traditional design in deep green with black and white striations, and having a plaited leather cord attached to the handle. Length 30.5 cm

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 Handle. Upper portion of a finely crafted patu onewa. Three ridges to the reke (butt). Hourglass-shaped suspension hole. Length 17 cm. Width 7.2 cm

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

Superb Whalebone Patu. Fine and large example carved from whalebone. Traditional form with soft patina. Pierced round hole for attachment. Length 39 cm. Width 10.5 cm

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

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

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

A 19th century Maori patu onewa, basalt club with a ridged grip and circular hole for suspension, repaired, 43 cm long

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

A fine quality 20th century stone patu, with hourglass hole and three grooves to the butt. Length 34 cm.

A late 18th century whale bone patu paraoa, a superb patu, in off-white cream, with some age. Six grooves to handle end. Weight 714.8g. Length 37.5 cm.

A late 18th century fine quality stone patu onewa. Two chips to blade, three nice grooves to butt. Length 32.5 cm.

Samoan paddle club, early 20th century. 101 cm.

Collection of tribal wood carvings including Maori patu, mask & wood carving, Islander model canoe; New Guinea & Islander carvings, etc. (15 items)

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

A pre-European Maori stone patu muka (flax pounder), traditional plain form with reduced grip, fine pecked overall finish. Length 19.5 cm

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

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

Peter Sauerbier, aotearoa, bronze tiki figure, modelled holding standing holding a patu. Height 60 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 fern root beater (patu aruhe) in good condition, dark polished wood. Length 35.5 cm. Provenance: Ex-Wagener Museum

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.

Patu muka, stone pounder of classic form and large proportions. Ovoid cross section and body tapering to a flared rounded end. Length 37 cm. Width 10.5 cm

Whalebone patu, large example from whalebone in traditional form with soft patina. Square pierced hole for attachment. Length 34 cm. Width 7.4 cm

Whalebone patu, extremely large example fashioned from whale bone flattened ovoid form tapering to handle with a pierced hole. Length 46 cm. Width 100 mm

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