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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Rare Fighting Axe. Kakauroa With steel axe head (rusty). The shaft carved at middle of handle. Length 124.5 cm. Width 18 cm. Provenance: T. Clemence Collection, New Zealand

Taiaha. Finely carved head offering an elaborate forehead with recessed paua eyes with incised lines. Strongly carved nose with upper lip offering dog tooth notching. Tongue is beautifully executed, the large strike blade finely tapers out to a rounded end

Chiefly Taiaha. The taiaha is a traditional Maori weapon usually between five to six feet (1.5 to 1.8 m) in length. It is a wooden close-quarters weapon used for short sharp strikes or stabbing thrusts. It has three main parts. The arero (tongue) used for

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 very good early 19th century taiaha (fighting staff), carved tongue and head, with four paua shell eyes. Weight 724.4g. Length 141 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

Taiaha. Softly carved offering swept back forehead with raised eyes. Tongue is tightly executed and terminates into angular tip. The strike blade is finely balanced and completed with round form tip and a rich brown patina. Length 162 cm. Width 6.5 cm.

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

Chiefly taiaha, intricately carved tongue with haehae and pakati notching, strong mouth with spiral carving leading to a well defined nose and eyes which are missing paua inlays. Well balance flattened cylindrical shaft leading to a flared striking edge th

A wooden carved long staff (kakauroa), with carved eye motif to lower midsection. Nice smooth patina. Length 149 cm

A beautiful fully carved wooden staff (kakauroa). Entirely carved with notched and curvilinear designs. Tapered and squared end carved with swirled designs. Provenance: Purchased at Webb’s, 2003

A Maori wooden fighting staff (taiaha), with a narrow, finely carved tongue. Red wax in eyes. Provenance: Bought at Dunbar Sloane Auckland, 2008. Length 153 cm

An excellent late 18th century Maori fighting staff (taiaha), with beautifully stone-carved tongue, paua shell eyes (one eye broken in half). Nice heavy weight. Has the remains of some tie knots that would have contained the rare Maori dog fur and minute t

An extremely rare historical contact period Maori wooden fighting staff (taiaha). This fine quality piece has original Maori dog hair tassels and native bird feathers around the throat. It also has a red army cloth which family believed May have come from

A magnificent late 18th or early 19th century Maori wooden taiaha, in mint condition with 71 Maori dog hair tassels and rare extinct bird feathers. Carved head with paua shell serrated eyes. Provenance: The vendor's great uncle returned from World War I wi

Whalebone taiaha fragment fully carved tongue and mouth decorated with H'h' and dog tooth notching. Raised nose and two incised eyes. Pierced hole for suspension. Weathered dry patina. Length 16 cm. Width 4.8 cm

Chiefly taiaha This piece offers significant size and presence. The arero (tongue) is elaborately decorated with fine and highly skilled triple h'h' and pakati carving. Abstracted teeth forms accentuate the mouth. Large serrated paua-shell eyes in oval for

Taiaha Strongly carved head with circular inset eyes, strongly carved nose and upper lip. Tongue beautifully executed and terminating in a sharp tip. Blade is heavy and finely balanced. Rich, dark-brown patina. Length 160 cm. Width 6 cm

Taiaha well-carved head with circular paua inlaid eyes, strongly carved nose and upper lip. Tongue beautifully executed with soft carving. Blade is finely balanced. Rich, dark-brown patina. Length 165 cm. Width 5.5 cm

Taiaha well-carved head with circular inset eyes, strongly carved nose and upper lip. Tongue beautifully executed and terminating in a sharp tip. Blade is finely balanced. Rich, dark-brown patina. Battle damage to top of tongue and lower blade. Length 181

Early taiaha, a well-carved head with ovoid raised eyes. Strongly carved nose and upper lip; tongue is beautifully executed and terminates in a sharp tip. Short strike blade is finely balanced and completed with broad, round-form tip. Soft, red-brown patin

Taiaha finely executed head with circular paua inlaid eyes, strongly carved nose and upper lip. Tongue beautifully executed and terminating in a sharp tip. Delicate blade, which is finely balanced. Rich, dark-brown patina. Length 164 cm. Width 5 cm

Taiaha Undecorated head with raised half-moon-shaped eyes; strongly carved nose and upper lip. Large, flared striking blade with a mid-brown patina. Length 185 cm. Width 9 cm

Taiaha short taiaha with well-carved blade. Raised features to head, tongue well carved with triple h'h' and dog-tooth notching. Length 146 cm. Width 6 cm

A Maori taiaha, of reddish-brown wood, the point carved in conventional manner with extended whorl carved tongue issuing from a carved head. Length 148 cm

A 19th century Melanesian hardwood fighting stick of plain mildly tapered form, rippling evident, remains of old red ochre, tapering to a flattened end, dark near black toning. Length 135 cm

19th century taiaha with finely carved head with recessed paua shell eyes. Ate (tongue) with pakati notching terminating in a rounded tip. Length 137 cm

19th century Maori wooden long handled tewhatewha (fighting staff) carving just below midsection. Length 1380 cm.

A Waitangi Centenary Taiaha paua inlaid eyes, carved tongue. C.1940. Length 133 cm.

A hand carved Taiaha with dog fur at the neck. Paua inlaid eyes (missing on verso). Length 168 cm.

Whale bone Taiaha (fighting staff) carved tongue at top. Century 1970. Length 151 cm.

Taiaha, of orthodox form with tightly carved h'h' lines and dog-tooth notching. Inset paua to one eye. Light brown patina. Height 141 cm. Width 5.8 cm

Early child's taiaha, of early manufacture and finely carved head offering an elaborately swept-back forehead with raised circular recessed eyes. Strongly carved nose and tongue is beautifully executed and terminates with a pointed tip. The blade is well b

Rare chiefly taiaha. The taiaha is a traditional Maori weapon usually between five to six feet (1.5 to 1.8 m) in length. It is a wooden close-quarters weapon used for short sharp strikes or stabbing thrusts. It has three main parts. The arero (tongue) used

Late 19th century Maori wooden taiaha kura WIth carved tongue and remnants of dog hair and feathers woven into a fabric collar. Length 146 cm

Contact period c. 1840's Maori wooden taiaha, a long taiha with carved tongue on both sides. Length 152 cm

Contact period c. 1830's Maori wooden Taiaha, fighting staff. Nicely carved tongue. One paua shell eye on each side. Length 158 cm

Taiaha, of large proportions, the head and tongue offering carved h'h' lines and zig-zag decoration, inlayed paua eyes. Length 163 cm. Width 6 cm

Small Taiaha with Muka collar, a light and slender taiaha with a simple, classic face and tongue below which sits a muka collar. Length 152 cm. Width 2.5 cm.

Taiaha, exceptional finely carved head offering very elaborate swept back forehead with recessed eyes. Strongly carved nose with upper lip offering dragon tooth notching (niho taniwha). Tongue is beautifully executed and terminates into sharp tip. Large st

Taiaha, a fine example in orthodox form. Tongue beautifully carved with elaborate h'h' lines and dog tooth notching. 19th century. Length 140 cm. Width 5.5 cm.

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