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.

Superb and Important Hoeroa. This rare traditional whalebone long club was used as a striking weapon, stabbing spear, and missile weapon and was made from the lower jaw of the sperm whale. The is shaped to a transverse, convex edge and the top is finely ca

Rare tao (spear). A rare type of early weapon. Elongated tubular form with pointed ends and three barbs to head. Fine, rich dark patina. Length 218 cm. Width 2.5 cm.

Two early 20th century Maori carved figures. Woman in cloak with stone club, & male warrior. Spear has losses. Signed 'Hoko Pai' under base. Height 33 cm

NZ Maori wars cannon ball, weight: 9 poun. Diameter. Diameter 10 cm

A carved Maori double barrel Shotgun, with ramrod. By James W Rosier. Stock carved all over in a rauponga pattern and haliotis (blackfoot paua) shell inlays to one side. Butt with heel and tow plates. Note: gun licensed required

A carved Maori double barrel Shotgun by W C Scott & Son. Carved all over stock in swirled design with paua shell inlay. Verso carved in linear pattern. Note: gun license required. Provenance: Previously purchased from Art and object

Iron trade bird spear point, a rare object in the form of an early bird-hunting spear point with seven barbs. These points would have been traded to Maori in the 18th/19th century. Length 14.5 cm. Width 1 cm

Large wooden Maori tao (bird spear) 10 knob handle. Possibly for Moa. Length 219 cm.

Stone cannon ball, a small cannon ball from the Maori land war period 1845 and 1872. Made from pecked and smoothed Greywacke, diameter 8 cm

Group of Maori artefacts, four items including a kuri dog tooth two fish hook barbs and a small bird spear point. Length 3 cm. Length 4.8 cm. Length 5 cm. Length 7 cm

Fine Pouwhenua, a fine and rare weapon with a sharp spear-point extending elegantly through to a flared blade. Features extensive carving to the entire length. Rich dark patina. Height 161 cm. Width 10 cm.

Rare Tao spear, a rare type of weapon. Elongated tubular form with pointed ends. Fine, rich brown patina. Length 170 cm. Width 2.5 cm.

Maori carved rifle, plain carved butt. Body carved with abstract head carved into the butt of rifle, extending into a h'h' style throughout with paua decorations. Height 11 cm. Length 112 cm

Whalebone bird spear, heavily barbed with base offering heavily abstracted mania face. Incised hole in hour glass shape. In Whaganui style, late 19th century. Length 26.8 cm. Width 1.5 cm.

Maori carved 22 calibre Remington bolt action rifle, Museum registration not required. Abstract head carved into butt of rifle extending into h'h' style throughout with paua decorations. Length 1100m.

Thirteen assorted toki and stone, bone tool fragments, including bird spear head, sinkers, adornments, adze and chisels. Fashioned from various material, max length 11.2 cm. Width 8 cm.

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