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.

Tekoteko figure, 19th century, surmounting a koruru mask, the tekoteko holding a patu, Y13863. Height 82 cm

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. Koruru' strong tiki figure with mouth open revealing a lizard with an inset shell eye, carved double haehae and dog tooth notching. Dry red-wash patina. Height 49.5 cm. Width 34.5 cm.

A pair of carved koruru, each carved as a wheku head with painted eyes, each 56 x 25 cm. Provenance: Buried Village collection

A late 19th century Maori carved kotiate, Whakairo carving to both sides, the lower blade with Koruru mask, linial and notch framing, mask to butt end, linial and notch detail to the grip, paua inset eyes (one missing), dark semi-matt patina

An early/mid-19th century Maori carved patuki (wooden hand club) 'Of a Higher Ranking Person', the square section blade with fine linial and notch repeat carving and with a band of 12 detailed manaia and koruru masks, lobed grip and a stylised full head ca

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

A carved wood cigarette box, in the manner of Rangi Stevens, carved to the hinged lid with a Koruru mask. 6 x 11 x 7 cm

An early 20th century Te Arawa region Koruru mask, with inset cut Haliotis-shell eyes, later decorative red painting 30 cm x 22 cm

Dark stained wood wahaika decorated all over with an amalgam of surface carving including kowhaiwhai and rauponga, the forward projecting figure to the blade edge based on a tau-ihu (canoe prow), the terminal knob carved as a koruru profile head with inlai

Koruru, gable mask, of square form, with a large mouth carved in a figure eight design with a protruding tongue, inlaid shell eyes (one missing). Overhanging brow, highly decorated on the surface with varied motif h'h' and fine notching. Exceptionally fine

A fine Waka Huia, attributed to Jacob William Heberly (Hakopa Heperi) 1849-1906, the dark brown wooden vessel of oval shape with two projecting carved faces at either end, two large faces at centre on opposite sides continues as a raised band across middle

Two carved ancestral panel posts tiki heads inset with paua eyes one incised Koruru July 1905 Tarr

Maori carved chalice c. 1900-1930 with carved naturalistic tattoed hands (with paua shell decoration) holding the cup, fingernails and knuckles carved. Circular base with two koruru style faces with paua shell insets. Height 20 cm. D.9.5 cm.

Carved Maori Waihaka c. 1900-1930 with paua shell decoration and surface carving both front and back inc. Manaia heads and koruru type faces. Grip terminates in a square janus face with protruding tongue and paua shell inset eyes. Length 43 cm.

A late 19th century two Manaia supported Kumete of deep oval form, in black wood finish with some underlying wood showing through, the Kumete is supported on stand by full manaia figures at each end, the bowl supported on the manaia backs, the bowl has a h

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