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.

An early 20th century Maori carved pipe, the bowl with a stylised carved head with paua inset eyes, the silver collar hallmarked London 1901, long tapered mouthpiece

Pipe the bowl carved with tiki mask, paua set eyes [pending registration]

A British Briar tiki pipe, with carved tikis and rauponga pattern. The basis for this pipe is a British briar pipe with a natural amber stem. Length 13.5 cm

A fine carved wooden Maori pipe, by Tom Heberley for Cristeson Goldsmiths. Finely carved pipe depicting a human head with full moko smoking a pipe. Paua shell inlaid eyes. 18ct. gold hallmarked band. Length 15 cm

A fine carved wooden Maori pipe, by Tom Heberley for Cristeson Goldsmiths. Finely carved pipe depicting a human head with full moko. Paua shell inlaid eyes. 18ct. gold hallmarked band. Length 15.5 cm

Carved pipe finely carved tobacco pipe. Extremely fine spiral h'h' and dog-tooth work throughout the entire bowl and neck. Single tiki face to front with tongue extended. The letters 'Wn' framed in a shield carved to back of bowl. Length 16 cm. Width 4 cm

A rare and beautiful 18th century Maori carved pipe with 18ct. gold trim two 18ct. gold bands around base of pipe and base of mouthpiece. Stamped Christeson, who was a Wellington tobacconist. Stamped G.P. (perhaps George Pretkethly, NZ jeweller and goldsmi

19th century rare wooden Jacob Heberley pipe. beautifully carved with two reclining tattooed Maori males lying back to back on either side of bowl with paua shell inset eyes. Length 13.5 cm

19th century wooden Maori carved pipe. Beautifully carved with lizard and Maori tattooed head. Length 8 cm, including mouth piece length 13 cm

Late 19th century/20th century pipe bowl carved with tiki mask (no stem mouth piece)

Maori carved pipe by Neke Kapua, the bowl carved with three faces and protruding tongues, and a koru style stem

Maori carved pipe with a silver collar by Liberty & Co., also marked 'Ee, London 1926', the carved bowl set with paua shell eyes and a very long stem

Maori pipe, the bowl of a carved face with a protruding tongue and set with paua shell eyes

Maori tobacco pipe carved tattooed faces with tiny paua shell eyes, the two gold bands are marked 9ct gold hallmarked G.P. (May be George Pretkethly - NZ Jeweller and Goldsmith). Also marked Christeson, who was a Wellington tobacconist, the carver is proba

Rare and beautiful Maori wood and 9ct gold cigar Pipe carved tattooed faces with tiny paua shell eyes, the two gold bands marked 9ct gold hallmarked G.P. (may be George Pretkethly - New Zealand Jeweller and Goldsmith). Also marked Christeson, who was a Wel

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