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
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
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.
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