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 old Maori nephrite adze, 19th century or earlier, finely shaped working adze made from a deep green nephrite. Provenance: BL Hornshaw collection (1878-1937) Hornshaw was an avid collector of Pacific & Australian Aboriginal artefacts, he received man
A good 19th century Maori carved whalebone patiti (hatchet) handle, the oval section shaft carved with two relief stylised full figures, one each side, remnants of red ceiling wax to the eyes, the butt end further carved with two opposing stylised figures,
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
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
A very good quality 19th century patiti (short handled weapon) carved tiki face at top and manaia head at the base butt., with whale bone handle and an iron mounted axe, maker William Gilpin 1860s imprinted into side of axe blade.
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
Group of toki. Six adzes of classic form and of varying stone type. Length 8.4 cm. Width 5 cm. Length 17.8 cm. Width 5.4 cm. Length 20 cm. Width 6 cm. Length 8 cm. Width 5.2 cm. Length 12 cm. Width 5.2 cm. Length 10.5 cm. Width 5 cm.
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