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.

Mutu kaka - perch snare made from a single piece of wood, with strong figural carving to front upper portion and arching back. Paired notching to top of the arching back. Inlaid shell to eyes. Terminates with stylised manaia (Maori mythological creature) e

Early 19th century Hawkes Bay bird Snare (Mutu). Given by the local chief to Mrs Sidwell's (nee Lambert) daughter (who was the first white female born in the Porongahau region, south coast Hawkes Bay). Carved knob and head. Length 25 cm. Width 14.5 cm.

Rare bone Kaka Poria - bird ring, a bird ring of triangulated triple raised notching and hourglass incision at suspension hole. Fashioned from bone, possibly marine ivory. Fine patina. Young kaka were easily captured and tamed, they were held captive by a

Maori Northland style bird snare made from pohutukawa wood

Early 19th century good quality wooden bird Snare (Mutu) given to George Sidwell on his 7th birthday, 1908 by the local chief in Southern Hawkes Bay, the Sidwell family were early pioneers into Southern Hawkes Bay. A Sidwell daughter (nee Lambert) was the

19th century Maori wooden bird snare (Mutu) tiki figure and spiral carving at the other end. In good overall condition. Length 36 cm

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