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.

Aurei - cloak pin. Of curved traditional form. Loss to suspension-hole end. Dry, early patina. Length 10 cm. Width 6 cm.

Aurei - cloak pin. Of orthodox form, fashioned from marine ivory, suspension hole worn away. Early, soft patina. Length 10 cm. Width 6 cm.

Aurei - cloak pin, of stout form with pierced suspension hole. Well-used patina. Length 9.5 cm. Width 2.5 cm

An early 19th century whale bone Autui (cloak pin) length 14 cm.

Pre-contact period Maori bone autui (cloak pin) carving to the mid section. Length 8 cm.

An old Maori carved ivory 'Possibly Killer Whale' Aurei (cloak pin), tapered curved form with stylised carved face and flared notch carved bands highlighted with small red glass bead eyes and other beads to the reverse, some missing, the top perforation br

Aurei-cloak pin, of curved form fashioned from marine ivory with a warm early patina. Length 14 cm. Width 1 cm

Aurei-cloak pin, of curved form fashioned from marine ivory with a warm early patina. Height 13.4 cm. Width 1 cm. Depth 1 cm

Aurei-cloak pin, of curved form fashioned from marine ivory with a warm early patina. Height 11 cm. Width 1.1 cm. Depth 1.1 cm

Aurei-cloak pin, of curved form fashioned from marine ivory with decorative carving at the suspension hole and a rich worn patina overall. Length 12.5 cm. Width 1.2 cm. Depth 1.2 cm

Aurei - cloak pin, of curved form, fashioned from marine ivory with a pierced suspension hole for attachment. Fine soft patina. Length 8.6 cm. Width. 7 cm.

A rare and important aurei, attributed to Jacob Heberley, the ornamental cloak pin finely carved with a weku head with protruding tongue and circular haliotis-shell eyes L. 14 cm for similar examples see Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum volume

Aurei or hei - cloak pin, orthodox form, fashioned from marine ivory. A worn smooth patina overall. Length 19 cm. Width 1.5 cm

Aurei - cloak pin, curved bone pin with peirced hole to end. Length 17 cm. Width .5 cm

Whakapapa - cloak pin, orthodox form fashioned from bone marine ivory. Suspension hole appears straight edged. Worn smooth patina. Length 8.6 cm. Width .8 cm.

Whakapapa - cloak pin, orthodox form with notching apparent. Fashioned from marine ivory. Old weathered patina. Length 7.1 cm. Width .4 cm.

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