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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Early 20th century carved Maori whare facade boards, the amo (vertical supporting boards) each with three main stylised figures and multiple masks, old red paint showing some distress, remains of paua shell discs to eyes, the maihi boards with conforming c

Carved Lintel. Five intertwined manaia figures on a flattened rectangular panel. Blackened patina. Length 76 cm. Width 13 cm. Provenance: T. Clemence Collection, New Zealand

A wooden Folk Art box in the shape of a Maori Whare, black with red and white detail to the faces, one portion of the roof forms the lid. 25 cm x 22 cm x 20 cm

An old large Maori carved figured post, the tall stylised figure with detailed moko, pronounced arched back with his right leg upon a further stylised head, he holds a taiaha to his right hand and a raised mere to his left, further stylised figures to the

Pair of pou pou posts, red ochre painted and carved with side profile ancestral figures. Height 104 cm, width 29 cm. Provenance: Historically part of the fixtures at Queen Victoria school, Parnell.

Pair of pou pou posts, red ochre painted and carved with side profile ancestral figures holding kotiate. Height 135 cm. Width 28 cm. Provenance: Historically part of the fixtures at Queen Victoria school, Parnell.

Tene Waitere (attributed), a superb and rare carved ngati tarawhai fire surround, modelled after a pare (lintel) and Whakawae (supports) from the door frame of a Wharenui, the whakawae with ancestral figural carving as male and female forms, the male holdi

A 19th century Maori carved complete doorway (pare and support posts), the central stylised figure fully carved with haehae design and notched detail, tongue extended, the three digit hands clasped to the stomach, flanked by double spirals (pitau), further

A late 19th century Maori carved lintel (pare), traditionally from a meeting house being the landmark and focus of a Maori settlement, carved with three stylised masks separated by open linial and notched carved bands spaced by bead type forms, the bar for

Two large house posts (maihi), Maori People, New Zealand (early twentieth century), inlaid pearl shell and trade paint on carved hardwood, 206 cm high (2). The large carved meeting house was usually named after an important ancestor and, in most parts of N

Carved architectural element. Flattened rectangular board, deeply carved with a side facing taniwha with a large open mouth bearing teeth, protruding tongue and hand resting to tail. Red-wash patina. Height 86 cm. Width 28.2 cm.

Carved architectural element. Flattened square form, large mouth, carved in a figure eight design, slightly protruding tongue, large eyes (shell inlay missing). Highly decorated surface with varied triple and double haehae and fine notching. Red-wash patin

Carved architectural element. Flattened rectangular board, deeply carved with a side facing taniwha with a large open mouth bearing teeth, protruding tongue and hand resting to tail. Red-wash patina. Height 90 cm. Width 28.5 cm.

Carved architectural element. Flattened rectangular board, deeply carved with a side facing manaia with a large open mouth bearing teeth, protruding tongue and hand resting to face, red-wash patina. Height 64.4 cm. Width 34 cm.

An old Maori carved donation box/whare, with carved gable facade boards (Maihi), highlighted with paua shell inserts, woven fibre panelled roof and sides, the recessed front with coin/note slot above a lockable removable window panel. 67.5 cm x 35 cm x 45

Carved architectural element, flattened rectangular form, large mouth, carved in a figure eight design, slightly protruding tongue, inlaid shell eyes, (one missing) highly decorated surface with varied triple and double haehae and fine notching. Red-wash p

Carved architectural element, flattened square form, large mouth, carved in a figure eight design, slightly protruding tongue, large eyes (shell inlay missing) highly decorated surface with varied triple and double haehae and fine notching. Red-wash patina

Carved architectural element, side facing manaia of flattened rectangular form, large carved mouth, large protruding tongue held by hand, inlaid shell eye, red-wash patina with traces of white paint to teeth. Length 47 cm. Width 26 cm. Diameter 6 cm

A carved wooden ancestral wall panel (poupou). Carved by Stewart Te Keepa Marsh. In classical traditional form based on the East Coast style (tohunga holding a tikiwananga). Carved in totara. Height 199 cm

A wooden model of a Maori Meeting house, believed to be by Tom Heberley, who carved it for the Prime Minister Robert Stout (PM 1884-1887). Beautifully carved all over and sitting on a carved wooden table in the same style. All figures on table and model ha

A poupou (house board) carved with a full frontal figure, with wheku head and paua disc eyes Rauponga carving to the shoulders, the lower section with a manaia figure carved in side profile. Circa 1910. Length 66 cm

Tene Waitere, a large and important carved panel, historically part of the Geyser Observation Rotunda at Whakarewarewa. The standing ancestral male figure with naturalistic face and body and incised facial tattoo. Carved wheku head to the abdomen, with Rau

Four carved wooden shelf supports with paua inlaid eyes. Width 25.5 cm. Length 20 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

Early architectural element, a large pre contact lintel fragment with archaic manaia forms to each side. Dark patina. Length 79 cm. Width 26.5 cm

Carved architectural element-whakaw', an old carved timber lintel piece with three standing figures with hands in various positions on stomach. Raurau (spiral) design on one side. Mid-brown aged patina. 18th-19th century. Length 67 cm. Width 8.8 cm

20th century Maori meeting house model desk top letter cabinet with two drawers and a hinged roof for letters or storage of documents. Height 43 cm, width 51 cm

'The Parry Lintel', the superb 18th century rare and important Lintel for a food store/window. Height 23 cm. Length 86 cm, the lintel also comes with the book 'Parry of the Arctic, the Life Story of Admiral Sir William Edward Parry 1790-1855' by Ann Parry,

Late 19th/early 20th century whare frame, four sections carved in kauri planks, central Koruru (with damage) and two Maihi barge boards, two Amo boards and gable head. Length 53 cm, 3.65m x 2, 2.48m x 2. Provenance: originally the frontage of Mr McDonald's

Carved architectural element, an old carved timber lintel piece with ancestral figure standing upon one another. Male and female figures apparent. Complex intertwining carving. Old label attached refers to 'Lake Rotorua, Nz'. Dark, aged patina. 18th centur

A superb and important Maori wooden panel (Pare), contact period 19th century, depicting three figures with tongues protruding and arms raised. Haliotis serrated shell inlaid eyes and medallions. South Sea tattoo decoration with mania figure at bottom and

A Maori carved panel of a wheku head, with paua shell inset to the eyes. Length 36.2 cm. Width 17 cm

A Maori carved ancestral panel of a marakihau, representing a mythical man-fish monster. Paua inset to the eyes and finished in a dark stain, the rear marked 'Maui'. Length 49.8 cm. Width 20.2 cm

A Maori carved pare door or window panel, featuring four manaia figures, each with a large paua shell eye inset. Length 107 cm. Width 26 cm

Cast Only of 17th Maori carved panel, the original lodged with the Auckland Museum. H. 89 cm

Carved Maori panel, c. 1900, from the Taranaki Region. Length 53 cm. Width 14 cm

A Maori carved lamp base with a later Kowhaiwhai patterned shade. Attributed to Reverend Leonard (Wairarapa), the domed base, with six stylised masks and raised on three bun feet, supports a central column of figures, all with paua insets to the eyes. Over

19th century Amo barge supports, carved with two stylised figures standing in relief, notched decoration all over, with some conservation. Height 243 cm Width 35 cm Diameter 4.5 cm Height 234 cm Width 34.4 cm Diameter 6 cm

A well carved wooden diorama, 1900 that depicts domestic life in a Maori pa and consists of several figures with a Maori woman 'Laying Down the Law' to a younger woman with a baby on her back. The male figures are treating it as a good joke. The carving sh

Maori wooden boundary marker post, probably 17th century, with decoration of eyes, nose and mouth (primitive carving) at the top and tapering to a pointed base, dark brown stain. From the North Island

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