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 folk art carved figure, in the manner of a tekoteko, the stylised figure with hands clasped to abdomen, the face with incised moko and with further designs carved to torso and arms, a pendant suspended to the figure’s neck and a ribbon bow tie affi

Unknown, marine ivory Maori pendant, 9 cm length

Pounamu kuru pendant. kawakawa variety with attached gilt brass suspension ring. Y13505. Length 6 cm

Jade pendant in shape of hei matau (the Fishhook) made form New Zealand pounamu greenstone jade Maori's wear hei matau for protection and prosperity

Kuru pounamu. Flattened rectangular form with remains of an early suspension hole. Length 7.5 cm. Width 1.8 cm.

Kuru pounamu. Orthodox form with pierced suspension hole. Length 9.5 cm. Width 1.1 cm.

Kuru pounamu. Large flattened ovoid form with a worn suspension hole. Translucent inunga type pounamu. Written label attached inscribed with height 12.6 cm. Width 3.4 cm.

Kuru pounamu. Cylindrical tapering form with an early suspension hole and attached chain. Length 7.8 cm. Width 1.2 cm. (pendant only)

Large group of artefacts, including lure and pendant fragments, obsidian blades, Moa bone, musket flint. (60) collected around Tamaki Estuary.

An impressive, very large and important whale bone hei tiki. Together with a nephrite kuru pendant from the Ngai Wai tribe which literally translates 'The People of the Water'. The Ngai Wai controlled the islands of the north-East Coast of the North Island

A rare late 18th century greenstone pendant (koropepe). Tangowai transparent greenstone, two hourglass holes at top poll. Repair to head, comes with red case. Width 4.5 cm

A Maori whale bone pendant, 19th century, carved with an incipient wheku head. Pierced for suspension.

Huia claw pendant, with gold mount. Length 120 cm

Mako pendant, with attached gold ring

A pounamu and kawakawa kapeu, (ear pendant), together with a pounamu hei tiki

Kuru pounamu, small teardrop form, bowenite. Length 5 cm. Width 1.1 cm

Kuru pounamu, orthodox form with pierced suspension hole. Length 7.2 cm. Width 1 cm

Fine pounamu pendant, teardrop form, flattened cross section, pierced hole for suspension. Collected at Opotiki, circa 1940. Length 8.5 cm. Width 1.6 cm

A rare early Maori curved whalebone pendant (Rei), with carved ridges above the midsection. Provenance: Ex Webster collection, 629. Length 11 cm

An early 19th century carved whalebone pendant (Rei). In excellent condition with elaborate carving to top. Length 16 cm

A superb whalebone pendant (rei), with hourglass hole, carving to top and a paua inlay. Length 19.5 cm

A Maori bone pendant (Rei). Hollow inside. Length 7.6 cm

A rare Maori whalebone pendant (Rei), of rounded and curved form. Some tiny faults. Provenance: Ex Webster collection, 628. Bought Dunbar Sloane Auckland, 2002. Length 12 cm

A contact period Maori greenstone ear pendant (kuru), of Kahurangi nephrite. Rounded pointed form with flared suspension hole. Provenance: Ex Webster collection, 35. Length 7.5 cm

A late 18th century greenstone pendant, with excellent hourglass hole. Good heavy weight. Length 14.5 cm

Early worked pounamu piece of worked pounamu displaying interesting signs of grooved working which suggest initial stages of a kapeu ear pendant ('hockey-stick shaped'). Label attached to back inscribed: 'H.N. Moseley. New Zealand jade. Worked by natives c

Kuru pounamu long, flattened ovoid form. Pierced hourglass-shaped suspension hole for muka cord. Length 10.8 cm. Width 2 cm

Kuru pounamu flattened, elongated form with hourglass-shaped pierced hole for suspension. Length 17 cm. Width 2.2 cm

Pounamu pendant flattened, elongated form with gold band to top with attached ring. Length 11.3 cm. Width 1.6 cm

Kuru pounamu good example in orthodox form with pierced hole for attachment. Length 8.5 cm. Width 1.3 cm

Kuru pounamu fine example of light-coloured inanga stone with pierced suspension hole for attachment. Length 8.3 cm. Width 1.1 cm

Kuru pounamu, of long cylindrical form with pierced hole for attachment. Length 14.6 cm. Width 1 cm

Kuru pounamu Translucent tangiwai (bowenite) variety of pounamu with hourglass-shaped suspension hole. Length 6.3 cm. Width 1.4 cm

Kapeu pounamu early example in orthodox form with pierced suspension hole. Length 12.5 cm

Kuru pounamu, of flattened ovoid form with pierced hourglass-shaped suspension hole for muka cord. Length 6.5 cm. Width. 5 cm

Kapeu pounamu good, large example with hourglass-shaped suspension hole. Light-green nephrite. Length 14 cm. Width 1 cm

Maori greenstone pendant (kapeu) hockey stick shape and two postcards of Sir John Campbell. Provenance: the vendor's family claim that it once belonged to Sir John Campbell who gave it to his mother's father. vendor's mother is a Campbell (Jean Frances Cam

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