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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An old Maori greenstone gouge/chisel, tapered cylindrical form, the mildly concave blade with rounded end. Length approx. 100. Provenance: inchFound Sand Dune Kawhia 1920’s inch.

A large 95kg. greenstone boulder, the natural boulder with three cut faces showing good dark green colour, white rind exterior. 40 cm x 43 cm x 29 cm

9 greenstone heart shaped pendants. All with yellow gold coloured fittings.

A 19th century or earlier Maori worked greenstone slab, the edge with scarf and snap working, being assessed for registration. Length 29 cm

Greenstone boulder, approx 30 cm length, 16 cm height

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 rare late 18th century greenstone pendant (koropepe). Tangowai transparent greenstone, two hourglass holes at top poll. Repair to head, comes with red case. Width 4.5 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

An early 19th century greenstone Pekapeka, with red wax eyes. Named 'Te Waitarewa.' suspended from woven neck cord and bone toggle with serrated edge. Length 4.2 cm. Width 5.5 cm

A contact period Maori greenstone ear pendant (kuru), of Kahurangi nephrite. Rounded pointed form with flared suspension hole. Provenance: Ex Webster collection, 35. Length 7.5 cm

A late 18th century greenstone pendant, with excellent hourglass hole. Good heavy weight. Length 14.5 cm

Attributed Hepi Maxwell greenstone triple koru form on greenstone base 9.5 cm height

A New Zealand greenstone (jade) page turner, with engraved silver mounts, length 28 cm

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

An early 20th century greenstone pekapeka with hourglass drilled holes. Height 6 cm. Width 7 cm.

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

Late 18th century Maori greenstone kuru (pendant/chisel) dark green colour with hourglass hole. Length 11 cm.

Greenstone barb from a fish hook. Length 3.5 cm. 'Mundy Beach'?.

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.

Rare pounamou (greenstone) peka peka with manaia head at both ends. Greenstone has tiny black dots. peka peka is the Maori name for a bat.

An Olmecoid greenstone vessel with human figure carved in high relief, Mexico, Late Pre-Classic Period, circa 100 BC, 17 cm high

An African greenstone carving of a hippopotamus. 17 cm wide

A Maori pre-European worked greenstone block, mildly flared form with central channel form cut, cut and snap work evident to all four sides, mid-green with dark flecks. Length 7.3 cm.

A Maori greenstone pre-European pendant (kuru/chisel), mildly tapered ovoid form tapering to a curved fine bladed edge, an hour glass suspension hole to the other end. Length 7 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

Smaller worked greenstone piece with hour glass hole. Length 6.5 cm

Worked greenstone piece with hour glass hole, one side polished. Length 21 cm

Greenstone ear pendant very small suspension hole. Length 7 cm

20th century Maori greenstone scraper. Used for scraping flax. Length 10 cm

Two contact period Maori greenstone chisels. One has a worn/broken suspension hole. Length 7.5 cm, 6 cm

Contact period Maori greenstone pendant. Translucent greenstone with hour glass suspension hole. Length 6 cm

Three Maori greenstone adzes. One has a good cutting edge. Length 10.5 cm, 9 cm, 7.5 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

20th century greenstone Peka Peka with serrated paua shell eyes. Carved by Charlie Wilson, good quality. Length 6.5 cm

Two modern Maori greenstone clubs, (patu), one in leather sheath