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 Maori folk art pipe, in the form of a Maori warrior smoking a pipe with full facial tattoos and pearl shell inset eyes. The back of the pipe has a lizard entwined on the stem of the pipe, also with pearl shell inset eyes. Mid 20th century or earlier. Pro
An early/mid 20th century Maori folk art storage box, with profuse carved decoration to the top and sides including Maori lineal and notch detail, the hinged lid decorated with opposing lizards and elaborately highlighted with paua shell. Side handles miss
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 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
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 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
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
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