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..
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

Early Tewhatewha. Orthodox form with 'axe' type head, stone tooled with a deep rich patina, a pierced hole with attached feathers and the shaft decorated with softly carved abstracted mania design. Length 120.5 cm. Width 17.4 cm

Tewhatewha. Highly carved ceremonial tewhatewha finely decorated with koru inspired haehae and pataki with inlaid paua to shaft. Length 120 cm. Width 14 cm

Early tewhatewha. Orthodox form with 'Axe' type head, stone tooled with a deep rich patina, a pierced hole for attachment of feathers and the shaft decorated with softly carved abstracted mania design. Length 126 cm. Width 16.5 cm.

Prestigious tewhatewha, of superb and well-balanced form with a deeply carved detail to shaft. Pierced hole to large and well proportioned head. Soft, rich, dark brown patina. Length 138 cm. Width 19 cm

Tewhatewha, of orthodox form with long tapering shaft. Pierced hole in striking head for attachment of feathers. Dark, rich patina. Length 1146 cm. Width 14 cm

Chiefly tewhatewha, of superb and well-balanced form with a deeply carved detail to shaft, pierced hole to head with two bundles of attached hawk feathers. Deep, rich, dark brown, smokey patina. Length 134 cm. Width 16.6 cm

A Maori tewhatewha with three carvings to shaft. C.1900. Length 115 cm

A contact period Maori tewhatewha, with a carved ridge nearer the point, the blade with an old wood split on top edge and a straight hole drilled at the bottom curved edge. Provenance: Purchased from Webb's, 2008. Prior to sale, was held in one family sinc

A Maori tewhatewha, with fine patina. Pierced hole with bunch of feathers attached and carving toward bottom. Length 121 cm

A finely carved 19th century Maori tewhatewha. Carved with spirals, fern shapes, criss cross etc. Two paua shell inlays (80% carved) by a master carver. (good quality, Taranaki style). Provenance: Purchased at Dunbar Sloane Auckland, 2005. Length 120 cm

Tewhatewha Orthodox form with plate-shaped head leading to a flattened cylindrical shaft. Rich, dark-brown patina. Length 1250, width 16 cm

A Maori tewhatewha, mid-brown wood, with distal blade extension and tapering shaft carved with an incipient weku head. A bunch of hawk feathers attached to suspension hole in the blade. Length 134 cm

19th century Maori wooden long handled tewhatewha (fighting staff) carving just below midsection. Length 1380 cm.

A carved Maori 18th/19th century tewhatewha, intricate decorative carving below head. Length 118.5 cm.

A mid-19th century tewhatewha head and part shaft, the traditional bladed small head with remnants of old paper label, the shaft section of mildly ribbed form, good old dark patina. Length 29 cm, width 12.5 cm

Tewhatewha, a stone-tooled example in orthodox from. Piercing to bottom of blade for attachment of feathers. Rich, dark patina. Length 125 cm. Width 18.5 cm.

Fine Tewhatewha, orthodox form with 'Axe' head and shaft decorated with curved triple and double h'h' lines and very fine dog-tooth notching. 19th century. Length 1,15 cm

A small carved Tewhatewha, the shaft of oval section, the distal end terminates to a point. A carved janus face decorates the shaft approximately 3/4 from the end, the blade has a suspension hole below for attachments. Good patination. Length 96 cm

A contact period tewhatewha the mid-brown wood polished, the staff tapering to a blunt point with a carved ridge nearer the point, the blade with an old wood split on top edge and a straight hole drilled at the bottom curved edge. Provenance; in one family

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