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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Pounamu hei tiki, translucent tangiwai (bowenite) presented in the conventional manner with hands placed to thighs. Two circular eyes with red sealing wax pierced at the forehead. Length 10 cm.

Alan Brown, two pounamu pendants, of natural yellow-green tone. Height 40 mm

Large Stone Mere. Dark flecked stone with a manaia head to handle. Length 45 cm, W12 cm

Greenstone Toki & Worked Pounamu Stone (3). Two early toki pounamu and a worked pounamu stone. Length 10.6 cm. Width 2 cm; Length 7.6 cm. Width 2.7 cm; Length 8.5 cm. Width 4.6 cm. Possibly from Kenneth Athol Webster collection, New Zealand. Private collec

Hei Tiki Pounamu. Small early example in orthodox form, the head with red wax inset to eyes and tilting to the left and Hands resting on thighs. Pierced hand drilled hole to top of head. Height 6 cm. Width 4 cm

Superb and Important Hoeroa. This rare traditional whalebone long club was used as a striking weapon, stabbing spear, and missile weapon and was made from the lower jaw of the sperm whale. The is shaped to a transverse, convex edge and the top is finely ca

Superb Mere Pounamu. Prestigious and large example in traditional form. Crafted from speckled kawakawa nephrite with the blade offering a beautiful translucent patina. The haft terminates with hand sawn ridges and soft worn hole. Fine balance and form. Hei

Fine tokotoko, by Jacob William Heberley (1849-1906) Te Ati AWA Wellington descent, the gentle tapering shaft carved with a figure to the upper section holding a mere and with crescent shaped paua shell eyes, the shaft decorated with haehae and pataki notc

Fine tokotoko, by Jacob William Heberley (1849-1906) Te Ati AWA Wellington descent, the gentle tapering shaft carved with a figure to the upper section holding a mere and with crescent shaped paua shell eyes, the shaft and knobbed handle decorated with a f

Mid 20th century whalebone wahaika (short club) traditional form with carved full figure to the blade curve 29.5 cm

A 19th century Maori patu onewa, basalt club with a ridged grip and circular hole for suspension, repaired, 43 cm long

An old large Maori carved figured post, the tall stylised figure with detailed moko, pronounced arched back with his right leg upon a further stylised head, he holds a taiaha to his right hand and a raised mere to his left, further stylised figures to the

A pounamu hei tiki, modelled with head tilted and chin to left shoulder, hands clasped to thighs, the face with red sealing wax inlaid red eyes and open mouth with protruding tongue. Height 12 cm

A Pounamu hei tiki, Marsden Flower variety, of rich green colour with dark inclusions, in South Island style, modelled with chin to left shoulder, red sealing wax inlaid ring eyes, hands clasped to thighs. Distention to forehead for suspension hole, starte

Pounamu kuru pendant. kawakawa variety with attached gilt brass suspension ring. Y13505. Length 6 cm

A 20th century greenstone mere, a quality stone, with waves of white washed through the greenstone. Length 38 cm.

A superb 20th century greenstone mere, with hourglass hole and three grooves. The greenstone quality is A1 (the best). Length 42 cm.

Samoan paddle club, early 20th century. 101 cm.

A replica toki poutangata by Hohepa Mokaraka, carved in the Northern style with figural heel, butt knob as a head, lashing with decorative feathers and set with a quadrangular pounamu blade. Provenance: Collection G.J Grace. Height 38 cm, blade length 16.5

Contemporary pounamu hei tiki, with tilted head and hands to thighs. Height 9.5 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

A Maori club (taiaha), New Zealand (nineteenth century), carved hardwood and paua shell, 147.2 cm long. Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom. Private Collection, Melbourne

Kuru pounamu. Flattened rectangular form with remains of an early suspension hole. Length 7.5 cm. Width 1.8 cm.

Kuru pounamu. Orthodox form with pierced suspension hole. Length 9.5 cm. Width 1.1 cm.

Kuru pounamu. Large flattened ovoid form with a worn suspension hole. Translucent inunga type pounamu. Written label attached inscribed with height 12.6 cm. Width 3.4 cm.

Kuru pounamu. Cylindrical tapering form with an early suspension hole and attached chain. Length 7.8 cm. Width 1.2 cm. (pendant only)

Hei tiki pounamu. Good large example in orthodox form with head tilting to the left, hands resting on thighs. Old written label attached inscribed with height 10 cm. Width 6.2 cm.

Whao pounamu. Of small form with tapering point. Hand cut workings to side. Length 3 cm. Width 9 cm.

Whao pounamu. Cylindrical shaft with fine blade, scarfing to one side. Dark green nephrite. Length 6.3 cm. Width 1.2 cm

Toki pounamu. Side and top shows worked grooves, well defined blade edge. Variated colour. Length 13.6 cm. Width 6.6 cm

Toki pounamu. Worked grooves to one side, well defined blade edge. Length 8 cm. Width 6 cm.

Toki pounamu. Small and good example the side shows worked groove, well defined blade edge. Inscription to top. Private collection, New Zealand .

Toki pounamu. Flaked at top, midsection shows worked grooves to each side. Well defined blade edge, variating colour. Length 9.3 cm. Width 5.9 cm

Toki pounamu. Side showing worked grooves, well defined blade edge. Variations of light to dark green pounamu. Length 17.5 cm. Width 8 cm