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..
An impressive ngati tarawhai carved model waka Taua (war canoe), early 20th century, the hull carved with rauponga and kowhaiwhai decoration and inset with paua shell and with muka binding. The Taurapa (stern piece) with further rauponga carving and with a
An impressive early 20th century Ngati Tarawhai, carved model Waka Taua (war canoe), the hull carved with rauponga and kowhaiwhai decoration and inset with paua shell and with muka binding. The Taurapa (stern piece) with further rauponga carving and with a
A fragment of a 16th or 17th century tauihu (canoe prow in wood), with carved lizard and serpentine forms to side. The remnant of a carved tauihu. Narrow coupling of the midsection. Loss of the upper, water worn. Includes stand. Length 54 cm
Rare 18th century Maori papahou (treasure box) This superb stone carved treasure box has a flat rectangular form instead of the wakahuia canoe shaped form. This box would have held personal objects such as combs and greenstone pendants of a high ranking pe
Tata (Waka Bailer), extremely well balanced example in the minimalistic early form, the base extends and terminates with minimalist mania or tiki figure, emphasized with fully incised almond-shaped eyes, perforated nostrils and relief mouth, the body of ta
Tauihu - Waka (canoe) prow, tall angular brow with low relief carving. Top of tiki offering unique highly carved rim and deep receding vee pattern. Temples also offer manaia all seeing looking backwards. remnants of Pitau (spirals) apparent. Triple h'h' li
Superb 18th-century Maori canoe bailer, Tiheru. Raharuhi Rukupo, Rongo Whataata attributed, a fine Maori canoe bailer, of type II form, used in smaller inland and coastal water canoes, with a tapering hollowed scoop leading to two tubular supports holding
An old contact period Beautifully carved wooden canoe prow. On a base with a tiki figure at base and a tiki face near the top. Spiral carvings all over. Some spirals damaged. Height 39 cm. Width 110 cm
Rare 18th century Captain Cook period Maori small wooden war canoe prow (tauihu). Stone carved from one piece of wood, head raised, arms back and two spirals (Pitau) between figure and splash board mounted with figure. On the base of the spirals is another
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
A Maori ceremonial hoe canoe paddle, attributed to Jacob William Heberley (Hakopa Heperi) 1849 -1906, of dark stained wood, the blade ornately carved with tiki figures with inset paua eyes on a Rauponga ground, the shaft carved with a weku head, terminatin
A contact period hoe, canoe paddle age related dull wood, undecorated, a 10 cm. Split from the bottom edge has been reinforced with wire, with another split through the middle. Provenance; in one family since the 1880s. Family first arrived in NZ (Timaru)
Canoe Bailer Taranaki Region of dark brown wood, with deep scoop bowl and steep sides. Raised flared handle with rounded knob end, back section with carved face and inset paua shell eyes. Provenance: Given to one of the passengers of 'Lord Worsley' wrecked
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