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.

Whalebone comb, flattened rectangular form, carved manaia face to top, with four inset paua discs and twenty-one teeth. Height 19 cm. Width 8.4 cm

20th century Maori whalebone Haircomb (Heru Iwi). Carved Mania figure with paua shell eye. Length 18.5 cm

Heru, ornamental comb made from whalebone with eight teeth L.7.5 cm

19th century Maori wooden small comb (Heru Mapara). Extremeley rare, made of separate wooden teeth lashed together with flax fibre. Length 11 cm.

Pre-European 18th century Maori whalebone comb (Heru Iwi). A very rare comb with a stone carved human figure (marakihau) on top of four teeth, the figure has some carving missing. Length 12 cm

Heru - carved wooden comb, each side softly carved. Used as a comb and also hair decoration covered in incised traditional spiral designs, rich mid brown patina. Some damage evident. C.19th century. Length 25.9 cm. Width 6.1 cm.

A very rare Maori whalebone comb (Heruiwi) pre-European/contact period with manaia bird decoration

A Maori Heru, wood comb of mid-brown wood undecorated, good condition with all twenty six teeth intact. Provenance; in one family since the 1880s. Family first arrived in NZ (Timaru) 1848. Great grandfather of present owners moved to Dunedin 1883, establis

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