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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A Maori woven muka (worked flax) cape, twin ply construction, decorated with hukahuka thrums and borders of green iridescent, brown and white feathers. Further thrums form a dense collar. 94 cm x 930. Along with a small woven flax and feather Maori child's

Superb feather cloak. A rare and beautiful Maori kahu kiwi feather cloak from the 19th century. The cloak is adorned with mature brown kiwi feathers, in orthodox style. The kiwi feathers are tightly compacted to form plump, luminous appearance. In good con

Korowai Cloak. This korowai has doublepair twining with two areas of tailored shaping; crafted from candlewick and highlighted with a border of feathers the central area with rectangular and triangular feathered designs. Height 103 cm. Width 112 cm. Privat

Rare Rapaki Cape. This prestigious shoulder cape with robust plaited shoulder border the muka kaupapa (with double pair twining) extends from 34 cm. Areas of tailored shaping evident. Top band extending approximately 95 cm in length with red, blue and blac

Kahu Kiwi feather cloak. A rare and beautiful Maori kiwi feather cloak from the 19th century. The cloak is adorned with mature brown kiwi feathers, in orthodox style. The cloak show signs of great age and use. In good stable condition with some loss of fea

Kahu Huruhuru prestigious feather cloak. Introduced in the second half of the 19th century, the kahu huruhuru celebrated the prestigious nature of the Polynesian cloak with the use of high-status bird species such as the kereru, kakariki, kaka and tui. Not

Early Kaitaka Paepaeroa cloak. Kaitaka is the name given to the prestigious cloaks that were recorded and collected by early European explorers. They were woven using unbeaten New Zealand flax; thus, the flax was allowed to retain its shining quality. The

Significant Collection of Amateur Field Finds, 1920. Five artefacts mounted on old card including 'The Milford Hook' thought to be the second-largest whalebone hook in existence. Offers a refined orthodox style; each end terminates with utilitarian barb de

An impressive and prestigious 19th century kahu kiwi, the Kingmakers cloak, muka flax fibre, kiwi feathers, kaka and kereru feathers. See long description for more information and provenance. Y registration 16695

Oriental woven cloak. Red grosgrain with gilt thread decoration.

Carved bust. Carved bust of a chief wearing a cloak, raised features with face decorated with full moko. The base decorated with two tiki figures with inset paua eyes, haehae and pataki notching finish this strong work. Height 32 cm. Width 12 cm.

Aurei - cloak pin. Of curved traditional form. Loss to suspension-hole end. Dry, early patina. Length 10 cm. Width 6 cm.

Aurei - cloak pin. Of orthodox form, fashioned from marine ivory, suspension hole worn away. Early, soft patina. Length 10 cm. Width 6 cm.

Feather cloak. A very beautiful cloak, kiwi feather rows flanked by vertical rows of interwoven red, yellow and black wool. Tag attached to the top right corner. Length 80 cm. H5.7 cm.

Childs woven cloak. Early muka woven cloak with decorative dyed tassels and looped chequered design. Two attached twisted cord tags at top for attachment. Height 41 cm. Width 70 cm.

Two early 20th century Maori carved figures. Woman in cloak with stone club, & male warrior. Spear has losses. Signed 'Hoko Pai' under base. Height 33 cm

A fine kahu huruhuru, 19th century, the kahu huruhuru cloak was introduced in the second half of the 19th century and was typically decorated with the feathers of high status bird species. This fine example dating from 1880 is muka backed and is woven with

A N.Z. colonial kauri gum bust of a Maori chief with moko and feather cloak, with later shell and cord necklace. Restored. Height 12 cm

A good 19th century Maori woven muka cloak, the woven banding showing tapering for the shoulders, entirely decorated with linial stitched wool banding, some distress, in tones of red, green and black, single blue band to the top, alternating green and red

Kahu huruhuru cloak, a very beautiful cloak, muka backing four vertical kiwi feather rows flanked by vertical rows of peacock feathers. Bottom border lined with peacock feathers to edge. Two small handles to the top. Length 80 cm. Width 75.4 cm

Kahu Huruhuru cloak feather cloak made with candlewick string with attached pheasant feathers. Intertwined red wool border to top and sides with attached purple material handles a row of feathers to the bottom border. Length 82.5 cm. Width 86 cm

Late 19th century fine flax Maori cloak (Korowai) with Touches of wool decoration. A traditional hand woven Maori cloak made of dressed phormium (New Zealand flax, Harakeke). The warp-whenu, and weft-aho, are worked in double finger pair twining - whatu ah

A Maori kiwi feather cloak (Korowai). Candlewick body and bias wefts. Tightly twisted black and brown dyed flax thrums. Kiwi and other white, red, and black feathers down both edges and across lower border. Braided lower edge. Length 109 cm. Width 110 cm

A kiwi feather cloak (kahu kiwi), with double pair twining and red and purple coloured wool interwoven at top end. Multicoloured wool to bottom. Loss of feathers throughout. Black wool used to conserve fragile areas. Length 102.8 cm. Width 143.5 cm

Aurei - cloak pin, of stout form with pierced suspension hole. Well-used patina. Length 9.5 cm. Width 2.5 cm

A fine and early Kaitaka P'p'roa. Kaitaka is the name given to cloaks made of the finest flax with taniko boarders. This superb example is has a wide taniko boarder to the bottom and with narrower boarders to the sides. The cloak is woven in double pair tw

An early 19th century whale bone Autui (cloak pin) length 14 cm.

Pre-contact period Maori bone autui (cloak pin) carving to the mid section. Length 8 cm.

A 19th century Maori flax karawai karure (flax cloak) century 1840, with spaced whatu ahe rua (two-pair weft twining) of alternating rows of natural and black ahe, 6mm apart. From the gate pa region in Tauranga. Unravelling decorative threads. in poor cond

A 20th century Maori feather cloak backed on cotton, with various birds' feathers. 119 x 103 cm.

An old Maori carved ivory 'Possibly Killer Whale' Aurei (cloak pin), tapered curved form with stylised carved face and flared notch carved bands highlighted with small red glass bead eyes and other beads to the reverse, some missing, the top perforation br

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 carved kauri gum head of a Maori woman, her face detailed with chin moko, she wears a flax cloak across her shoulder. Height 10 cm

A fine historical korowai cloak, double pair twining with two areas of tailored shaping. Crafted from dressed flax fibre (muka) and highlighted with orthodox double thrums of dyed black wool. Decorative elements are enhanced with contrasting woollen colour

Carved walking stick, a superb example with rounded top above a finely carved chiefly figure holding a paua shell mere and enveloped in a cloak. h'h' dog tooth and lineal decoration to shaft. Length 90.5 cm. Width 4.5 cm

A korowai cloak, a transitional style cloak with double pair twining and crafted from dressed flax fibre (muka) highlighted with orthodox double thrums of dyed black muka (some loss). Length 1050. Width 109 cm

Fine and early kaitaka p'p'roa (Maori cloak). Kaitaka is the name given to the prestigious cloaks that were recorded and collected by early European explorers. They were woven using unbeaten New Zealand flax. thus the flax was allowed to retain its shining

Kahu huruhuru prestigious feather cloak. Introduced in the Second half of the 19th century the kahu huruhuru celebrated the prestigious nature of the Polynesian cloak with the use of high-status bird species such as the kereru kakariki kaka and tui. tably

A rare pre-European mahe (fishing sinker) carved from dense heavy stone with stone drilled protuberance for taking a line, the top section carved with a stylised human face. Found in the East cape in the first half of the 20th century, it has remained with

Important and beautiful kiwi feather cloak (kahu kiwi). Note: Rangi Te Kanawa (Te Papa conservator) described it as the best cloak in existence and significantly better than the Maori Queens, the wefting is very fine and was unquestionably made by a very s

Fine child's Korowai, a finely woven muka cloak with double paired twining, highlighted with double thrums of dyed black hukahuka, top border decorated with black and white design, front egdes decorated with kaka feathers. Height 50 cm. Width 60 cm.

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