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 Fred Money silver hei matau (fish hook) with greenstone carved barb, fine rope and Maori mask detail, impressed maker's marks. Note: Ex. the family collection of Richard shields, a noted greenstone carver, the greenstone barb possibly carved by shiel

A Maori fish hook, carved bone, paua shell, wood and natural fiber, most likely North Island of New Zealand. 7 cm long. Note: This lot has been identified at the time of cataloguing as containing organic material which may be subject to restrictions regrad

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Web Col 1539'. Length 10 cm. Width 1.5 cm. Kenneth Athol Webster

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Web.Coll 1102'. Length 11.5 cm. Width 2 cm. Kenneth Athol Webster collec

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Webster Coll 619'. Length 10.5 cm. Width 1.8 cm. Kenneth Athol W

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in white paint: '47264'; two old labels: '230 Rawene' and 'Edward Armytage Collection'. Le

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 13.8 cm. Width 2 cm. Private Collection, New Zealand

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding. Collection number inscribed in white ink: 'Web Coll 1268'. Length 9 cm. Width 1.8 cm

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding. Collection number inscribed in white ink: 'Web Coll 512'. Length 8 cm. Width 1.5 cm. Kenneth Athol Webster collectio

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Web Col 1538'. Length 13 cm. Width 1.8 cm. Kenneth Athol Webste

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line; small traces of teaser remain. Collection number inscribed in white paint: 'Web Coll 1484 N.Z. 29.C'. Cont

Early Stone Lure. A rare, early form of lure predating the later wood and shell lures; triangular in crosssection with sides rounded. Flat side or bottom face is convex; fractured, pierced hole to back end designed to facilitate a natural fibre cord; finel

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding and line; small traces of muka teaser remain. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Web Coll 1105'. Length 9.2 c

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding and line; small traces of muka teaser remain. Old collection label inscribed in blue ink: '997'. Length 9.3 cm. Width

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 12 cm. Width 1.7 cm. Private Collection, New Zealand

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A rare, blacklip pearl-shell-bodied trolling lure with reflective 'flashing' side to in-curve; bone barb with fine binding. Old collection label inscribed in red ink: '461'. Webster collection stamp. Length 11.4 cm. Width 2 cm. Ken

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A contact period trolling lure with shell body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; backbone made from an old nail; muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Web Coll 1274'. Length 10.5 cm. Width 1.8 cm

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. Classic form with wooden body; reflective paua inlay to in-curve. Barbed bone point with muka lashing. Length 9 cm. Width 1.9 cm. Private collection, New Zealand

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in white and black ink: 'Web.Coll 1479 N.Z. 29'. Length 10.5 cm. Width 2 cm. K

Early Chatham Islands Bone Hook. A Moriori bone hook of flattened cylindrical form tapering to a point at one end; finely carved grooves for attachment at top. Warm, early patina with signs of much usage. Length 5.5 cm. Width 4.7 cm. Private collection, Ne

Matau Fish Hook. A bone hook of flattened cylindrical form tapering to a point at one end; carved notch for attachment at top; incised detailing on outcurve of the barb. Early, worn patina. Height 6.5 cm. Width 4.5 cm. Private collection, New Zealand

Matau Fish Hook. A fine, early matau made from a trained branch or root. Dark wooden shank that extends to form the point limb; missing point; carved notch for binding evident. Carved spirals on the shank. Lashed snood, no line. Inscribed in black ink: 'We

Significant Collection of Amateur Field Finds, 1920. Five artefacts mounted on old card including 'The Milford Hook' thought to be the second-largest whalebone hook in existence. Offers a refined orthodox style; each end terminates with utilitarian barb de

Matau Fish Hook. A fish-hook of good proportions with a curved, gnarled wooden shank fashioned from a native hardwood sapling; iron hook attached to the shank with muka (flax fibre) cord. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Webster Coll 543'. Contac

Matau Fish Hooks (2). Early contact period; elaborately rendered one-piece bone fish-hook with double intertwined kaniwha 'barbs'. End finely carved for line attachment. Inscribed in black ink: 'Web Col 1247'. Early contact period; elaborately rendered one

Pohau manga barracuda lure. Rare, fully intact barracuda lure with large, straight shank and serrated bone point. An antero-posterior hole is in shank where the line goes through and runs along a groove. Inscribed in white ink: 'Web Coll 383'. Length 13 cm

Superb Matau Fish Hook. A rare, masterfully carved one-piece, non-barbed bait hook made from whalebone; enhanced with raised, carved decoration on the out-curve and at the apex of the shank; fine but robust muka cord attached to top. Signs of significant u

Large Matau Fish Hook. A fish-hook of large proportions; wooden shank fashioned from a native hardwood sapling. Offering a dual barb. Collection number inscribed in black and white ink and paint: 'Web Coll 594'. 18th century. Length 20 cm. Width 14 cm. Ken

Superb Matau Fish Hook. A large, early composite fish-hook with curved wooden shank fashioned from a native hardwood sapling; shaft superbly carved with a fine head. A length of cord (aho) is attached to the top. The small barb is shell with serrated point

Pa Kahawai with wooden shank, paua shell inlay & iron hook Y10621. Length 9 cm

Pa Kahawai (Fishing lure) with paua shell shank, iron hook with muka lashing and original muka line. Y13647. Length 13 cm

Jade pendant in shape of hei matau (the Fishhook) made form New Zealand pounamu greenstone jade Maori's wear hei matau for protection and prosperity

Pa kahawai - fishing lure. Trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 11.2 cm. Width 2.2 cm.

Pa kahawai - fishing lure. Large and fine example with wooden body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 11.6 cm. Width 1.8 cm.

Pa kahawai - fishing lure. Trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 8.5 cm. Width 1.6 cm.

Pa kahawai - fishing lure. Fine, trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; whale bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 10 cm. Width 1.7 cm.

Large group of artefacts, including lure and pendant fragments, obsidian blades, Moa bone, musket flint. (60) collected around Tamaki Estuary.

A very large 20th century wooden shark fish hook with Plaited cord. Length 39 cm. Width 27 cm

An old Maori stone anchor, spherical form, the top raised lozenge form ridge with hour-glass drilled hole, the pale stone with overall semi-polished finish. Height 18 cm Approx. diameter 16 cm

Pa kahawai - fishing lure, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; barb missing with muka binding and line. Length 11 cm. Width 1.8 cm

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