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.

Wahaika. In classic form made from whalebone, carving to incurve and striking edge, a pierced hole to handle end. Rich dark patina. Length 36 cm. Width 9 cm

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

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

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 20th century Maori carved hardwood wahaika, the long hooked form spatulate blade with reduced grip, pierced suspension hole, stylised mask to butt end with protruding tongue and inlaid paua eyes. Good dark colourway. Length 51.5 cm.

A good 19th century wahaika, the blade carved with deep linear and haehae carving. The incurve carved with a Wheku head carved in relief with protruding tongue, the handle pierced for wrist suspension and terminating in a further wheku head. Length 35 cm Y

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

Wahaika deep strong carving style in the form of a manaia face. Two inset eyes and a mouth with tongue protruding. All over decoration of triple haehae and pataki notching small head to base of handle also with inlaid eyes. Pierced hole with attached harak

Superb wahaika, blade carved all over with deep relief linear haehae carving. Male figure to incurve with hands wrapped around torso finely carved manaia end with protruding tongue. Pierced hole for attachment. Length 39 cm. Width 11 cm

A late 19th century Maori wooden hand club (wahaika), with carved tiki figure above handgrip and carved butt. Length 40 cm

An early 18th century Maori wooden club (wahaika), of good quality and heavy weight. Figure on the side has paua shell eyes. Slight very old chip in the blade. Overall worn condition in keeping with its age. Length 36 cm

A fine contact period Maori whalebone club (patu paraoa), with five rings to the butt and good wear to the suspension hole. Length 41 cm. Width 9.5 cm

Superb wahaika, of classic form with a rounded blade; a masterfully carved manaia form sitting to the incurve, and another fine head carved to the butt of the weapon. Hole to base of handle for attachment. Soft, early patina. Length 34 cm. Width 11.1 cm

Fine wahaika, of classic form with a large rounded blade a masterfully carved manaia form sitting to the incurve and another finely carved head to the butt of the weapon both inlaid with paua shell (some loss) and a pierced hole to base of handle for attac

Superb wahaika, all over deep relief linear h'h' carving to blade. Male and female coupling figures to incurve with hands wrapped around torso with carved moko to chins and cheek. Masks with protruding split tongue to either side of handle above a finely c

Early 19th century Maori wooden short club (wahaika). Carved human figure (marakihau) on incurve and a carved head to butt. Knots in pohutukawa wood and wood is a bit stressed. Sometime in 19th century a steel-bit hole has been drilled. Length 35 cm

Wahaika - wooden short hand club, of large proportions with carved figure to incurve, with hands resting on the torso, the handle has a suspension hole for attachment. Variated mid-brown patina. Early 20th century length 38 cm. Width 16.5 cm

Superb Wahaika - wooden short hand club, all-over deep relief, offering curved triple ridge h'h' and dog-tooth notching extending into fish-scale h'h' form; five circles to either side framed with dog-tooth and triple h'h'. Masterfully carved female manaia

Late pre-European 18th century Maori wooden short club (wahaika). Carved human figure (marakihau) on incurve and a carved head to the butt. Round suspension hole, excellent patina to handle. Length 42 cm

Dark stained wood wahaika decorated all over with an amalgam of surface carving including kowhaiwhai and rauponga, the forward projecting figure to the blade edge based on a tau-ihu (canoe prow), the terminal knob carved as a koruru profile head with inlai

Carved wooden Wahaika with an attached Wellington Maori Mission 'Special Offertory' envelope, a carved face to the butt end, a carved figure at the mid section, paua shell eyes, spiral carvings over the remainder of the piece, paua shells inset to both sid

Large wooden late 19th century Wahaika, carved with parallel and horizontal lines, a carved face at the bottom, end and midsection, and set with paua shell eyes

Small Maori folk art wooden wahaika with a hand painted Maori chief

19th century Whalebone club (Wahaika) in good overall condition. Length 33. No Y number required

A 20th century ornate wood carved Wahaika (hand club) Rotorua, the blade all-over carved combining the rauponga and whakarare style and dark stained as is the backbone of the mania figure to the inturn, and the butt knob carved with a manaia's head, paua s

A wood carved Wahaika, contemporary decorated with a carved manaia figure, the butt end with a human face. Length 41.2 cm.

18th century Maori wooden club (wahaika), good quality, heavy weight, figure on the side has paua eyes. Slight very old chip in the blade. Overall worn condition in keeping with its age. Length 36 cm

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