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.

A Folk Art Maori waka huia, of rectangular shape, the base carved with tiki figures to the sides and weku head handles issuing from the ends, the fitted lid with a handle formed as a recumbent tiki figure. Width 47 cm

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

A mid-20th century Maori folk art figure, of a woman with moko kauae to her chin and a ribbon in her hair. Height 610.

Two Maori folk art boxes, each with carved wheku heads to the top

Two Maori folk art boxes, each with carved wheku heads to the top

Maori folk art box. the top with a carved wheku head with paua shell eyes. Width 16 cm

A pair of Maori Folk Art carved wood figures depicting a man and a woman, each with exaggerated heads, the man holding a patu, the woman with moko kauae and with a carved tiki suspended to her chest. Height 30.5 cm

A wooden Folk Art box in the shape of a Maori Whare, black with red and white detail to the faces, one portion of the roof forms the lid. 25 cm x 22 cm x 20 cm

An old N.Z. folk art carved wood clock stand, decorated with Maori designs and inlaid with paua, profile and full face Maori heads, the base which is from an earlier period has similar designs and the incised mark 'Geo. Waititi'. Length 380,mm, Height 23 c

Folk art boxes (2), fully carved hinged box inscribed 'Ngaio 1945', together with an un-lidded box inscribed 'Puriri 1945'. Length 26.5 cm. Width 14 cm. Diameter 7 cm. Length 15 cm. Width 7 cm

Folk art tiki by Hori Paraone Strongly carved tiki head with open mouth and long protruding tongue, large circular eyes over painted with red, white and black. Weathered patina to back, with evidence of attachment to a larger structure. Reference: Hori Par

A carved Maori folk art Waka Huia, with gecko lid and manaia handles. Length 38 cm

A carved Maori folk art box. Width 19 cm. Depth. Depth 19 cm

Maori folk art lamp stand with four tikis back to back acting as the pillar. Height 67 cm

Maori folk art carved box, hinged lidded box with highly reliefed na?

Maori folk art carved tobacco box, a hinged, lidded box. Tiki face carved to top with inset paua eyes. Dog-tooth notching and h'h' lines to front and back, and koru designs to each side. Height 5.4 cm. Width 15.7 cm. Depth 11 cm.

A fine decorative New Zealand folk art carved kauri box the lid painted with a young Maori woman holding a child, a cloak about their shoulders, enclosed by linear and knotched carving and a mask to each corner. Width 21.4 cm diameter 10.4 cm. Height 4.8 c

A folk art carved rectangular box decorated with Maori masks and paua shell inlay, circa 1930, the hinged cover with a pronounced stylised mask with paua shell eye inlays, the surfaces finished in deep red-brown. Width 30 cm diameter 21.5 cm. Height 9 cm

A folk art Maori bust, of a tattooed male, the well carved figure supported on a base with tiki's to front and back, the eyes inset with paua shell. 19th century. Height 31.6 cm

T. Waikite folk art carved and dark stained tiki figure standing astride a smaller figure. Height 39 cm

A Maori folk art carved and stained figure with paua shell eye inlays. Height 44 cm

A folk art Maori carved cribbage board, of triangular form and with paua inlay, the centre carved with three tiki masks, by Tauri Bros, Putiki, Wanganui. Width 23.5 cm

A New Zealand folk art Maori Chief wall plaque in wood, the simplistic portrait enclosed by a painted flowering Kowai bough and a border of finely impressed floral details. Diam.25 cm

An early 20th century folk art Maori carved pencil case, with paua shell eye inlay and dark stained. Note; some faults including structural loss. Length 23.6 cm. Width 5.4 cm. Height 3.5 cm

Carved Maori folk art coffee table c. 1920/1930 with 2 tiki figures and masks, all set with paua shell eyes. Length 98 cm. Width 50 cm. Height 43 cm

Small Maori folk art wooden wahaika with a hand painted Maori chief