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 massive kauri gum nugget. Collected by the vendor's Scottish grandfather who worked in the kauri logging industry, c.1890s, as a limber (removing top branches to facilitate felling), in this employment he recovered this and two other naturally bled massi
Two large New Zealand colonial kauri gum busts, a Maori chief with tattooed face and flax cloak, together with a Wahine with moko and flax cloak. Height of each 20 cm, Tiria District, Northland, c.1880-90. Some faults
A c. 1900 kauri gum bust of a Maori warrior, traditionally depicted with painted moko, well defined features including cloak, arm to chest holding green painted mere, good old original finish. Height 16 cm. Width 12.5 cm
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