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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A rare Maori figure decorated sinker (mahe), large sections of the sinker body broken and absent, the top carved with two heads framing a deep hour glass suspension hole. Y registered. Width 11 cm

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

A pre- European Maori stone sinker, with carved incipient head, Y16342. Provenance: Found on a beach in Tauranga in the 1920s.

Mahe - sinker. Classic ovoid form with groove for attachment of line, pecked surface with a weathered patina. Length 7 cm. Width 7.5 cm.

A mahe (sinker stone), of oval form with lashing grove to the centre. Width 9 cm

Group of mahe (2) classic oval cross-section. Pecked finish with worked groove across length for attaching muka cord. Greywacke. Length 8.3 cm. Width 6.5 cm. Length 8 cm. Width 7 cm

A Maori stone sinker (mahe), with flattened ovoid form and lashing groove around the long axis. Length 10 cm

A Maori stone sinker (mahe), with flattened ovoid with lashing groove around the long axis. Length 11 cm

An early 19th century Maori stone fishing sinker (mahe), with pierced hourglass suspension hole. On fibre rope. height 11 cm

Mahe - stone sinkers (2) classic oval cross-section. Pecked finish with worked groove across length for attaching muka cord. Length 9 cm. Width 8.5 cm; length 7 cm. Width 6 cm

Mahe - stone sinkers (2) Orthodox form, grove across length for attaching muka cord. Diameter 6.8 cm (longest), diameter 5.8 cm (shortest); diameter 7 cm (longest), diameter 5.8 cm (shortest)

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

Mahe - stone sinkers (2) classic oval cross-section. Pecked finish with worked groove across length for attaching muka cord. Length 8.5 cm. Width 75; length 7.5 cm. Width 7 cm

Mahe - stone sinkers (2) classic oval cross-section. Pecked finish with worked groove across length for attaching muka cord. Greywacke. Length 8.5 cm. Width 6.5 cm; length 6 cm. Width 5 cm

Maori fishing sinker white stone (quartz?) with a rope groove. Length 4 cm.

Two 18th/19th century Maori stone sinkers length 7 cm. Length 11.5 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.

Stone sinker-mahe, classic form of oval cross section. Pecked worked groove across length for attaching muka cord. Length 6 cm. Width 5.1 cm

Stone sinker-mahe, orthodox form of oval cross section. Pecked worked groove across length for attaching muka cord. Greywacke. Length 5 cm. Width 5 cm

Stone sinker-mahe, orthodox form of oval cross section. Pecked worked groove across length for attaching muka cord. Greywacke. Length 5.3 cm. Width 5.5 cm

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

Late 18th/early 19th century Maori stone fishing sinker. Lovely hour glass stone drilled hole Found at St head, Helensville in 1946. Length 7 cm

Early contact period Maori fishing sinker. White stone/quartz? with rope groove and rope attached both ends. Length 6 cm of sinker

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

Rare early contact period Maori fishing sinker. Brown stone with rope groove and rope attached both ends. Length 4 cm of sinker3

Mahe - sinker, an early example with pecked surface and a groove running length-wise for attachment. Height 11 cm. Width 8 cm. Depth 4.5 cm.

Late 18th/early 19th century Maori stone sinker. Slight old chipping to hour glass hole. Height 9 cm. (Y No. to be assessed)

Two Mahi - Sinkers, stone sinker in orthodox form. Oval cross section, with a grove pecked, the other with pierced centre. Max. Depth 6 cm

Mahe - sinker, stone sinker in orthodox form with oval cross section worked groove across length to attach muka. Greywacke. Max length 10 cm. Width 8 cm

Mahe - sinker, ovoid form with central pecked ridge. Length 11.7 cm, width 4.6 cm

Mahe - sinker, stone sinker in orthodox form with oval cross section worked groove across length to attach muka. Greywacke. Max length 10 cm, width 9 cm

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 .

Thirteen assorted toki and stone, bone tool fragments, including bird spear head, sinkers, adornments, adze and chisels. Fashioned from various material, max length 11.2 cm. Width 8 cm.

A Maori carved stone sinker with Notch details, together with two other sinkers. recovered dune/beach, Gisborne area

Contact period Maori stone sinker, 'Buoy' shape with hour glass hole for lashing, marked '207', speckled cream to light brown colour

A contemporary stone sinker oval shape with flat sides and a central drilled hole. Dull polished all over with a pitted surface. Diameter 11.2 cm

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