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..
Important Mahe - Sinker. A very rare Pre-European stone carved God sinker (mahe) or ballast stone, with carved janus manaia figures to the top which is perforated for attachment to a line. Of exceptional quality and superior to those in the British Museum,
Mahe Stone Sinker. White stone/quartz with rope following carved groove in stone. Rope attached both ends. Inscribed in black: 'Web Coll 1288'. Buller red label '12' attached. Length 29.6 cm. Width 4 cm. Kenneth Athol Webster collection No. 1288, New Zeala
Mahe Stone Sinker. A rare, early-contactperiod brown stone sinker with rope groove. Rope attached at both ends. Attached Buller red label with the number '14'; 'Web Col 1293' inscribed below. Length 20.5 cm. Width 3.4 cm. Kenneth Athol Webster collection N
Mahe - stone sinkers (2) both of orthodox form with oval cross-section. Pecked, worked groove across length for attaching muka cord. Greywacke. One with collection label attached: 'Matamata N.I 2/56'. Length 33 cm width 6.5 cm; length 5.5 cm. Width 4.8 cm
Two Maori pre-European stone adzes and a rare form sinker (mahe). One narrow adze of finely formed greywacke, polished finish. Length 16.5 cm, another smaller of Ohana argillite, type 2/B with rough finished sides and pen inscription 'Found.......'. Length
Large group of toki, of various size and types. Greywacke and argillite. (10) Together with a superb fishing sinker of small and fine form with an oval cross section. Worked groove across length for attaching muka cord. Heavy volcanic iron enriched stone.
A rare pre-European mahe (fishing sinker) carved from dense heavy stone with stone drilled protuberance for taking a line, the top section carved with a stylised human face. Found in the East cape in the first half of the 20th century, it has remained with
Rare pre European Maori stone carved God stone sinker (mahe) or Ballast stone, circa 17th to 18th century.two lobed sinker with old hour glass shaped hole and beautifully carved figure on top. Found on Rangitoto Island about 1900 by John Jessop Snr, Jessop
Maori stone sinker, orthodox form of oval cross section. Worked groove across width for attaching muka cord. Collector's notes attached referring to peach Island. Greywacke. Length 15 cm. Width 8.5 cm .
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