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..
Pair of whao - chisels fine examples of a whao pounamu (nephrite chisels) fashioned from high-quality pounamu. One has a worn/broken suspension hole. Length 7.5 cm. Width 1.5 cm; length 6 cm. Width 1.6 cm
A pre-European Maori nephrite chisel of long form with one straight edge with scarf cut beside, the other edge with mild curve, narrow tapered blade end, the other with broken out suspension hole. Length 12.5 cm
Patu paraoa-whalebone carver's mallet, a fine and rare master carver's mallet made of a whale jawbone. Beautifully balanced with concave strike surface. Soft shoulder lines narrow and terminate into masterfully carved and finely detailed manaia head. Highl
Early Patu Paraoa - master carver's mallet, extremly fine and rare master carver;s mallet made of whale jawbone. Beautifully balanced with stiked concave surface, the soft shoulder lines are narrow and terminate into a masterfully carved, finely detailed a
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