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..
A greenstone platter/dish by Ross Johns. Ross Johns is a member of the Ngai Tahu tribe and the only artist selected by Ngai Tahu to have a piece of his artwork gifted to Te Papa. Width 38 cm. Height 5.5 cm
A N.Z. nephrite (greenstone) river worn boulder, good dark green colour with all natural river worn surfaces, uncut, this boulder will free stand giving a scholar's rock type form. Approx. 22 x 17 x 8 cm Weight 4.4kgs. Note: At under 5kgs, this boulder can
Maori greenstone pendant (kapeu) hockey stick shape and two postcards of Sir John Campbell. Provenance: the vendor's family claim that it once belonged to Sir John Campbell who gave it to his mother's father. vendor's mother is a Campbell (Jean Frances Cam
A set of ten late 19th century huia tail feathers arranged as a fan with a row of huia feathers at base on either side, on an engraved 15ct. gold mount with a rectangular greenstone base. The whole sitting on a velvet lined base with a glass dome. The gold
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
Ross Johns greenstone sculptured bowl. Ross Johns is a member of Ngai Tahu tribe and the only artist selected by Ngai Tahu to have one piece of his artworks gifted to Te Papa forever. Length 36.5 cm. Height 6.5 cm, W23 cm.
A Maori pre-European greenstone kaka poria (parrot leg ring) of square shaped circular form, the protruding section with original hour-glass shaped suspension hole, notched protuberances to the corner, mid-green colourway and semi translucent.2.2 x 31 cm
Contact period early 19th century Maori greenstone Hei-tiki. Dark greenstone with light flecks, thick body, right hand on chest. Red sealing wax in the eyes and hour glass shaped hole Provenance: purchased in Christies London, 23/4/76, Lot 170. Length 11 c
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