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..
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Toki pou tangata - ceremonial adze fine and rare example of chiefly ceremonial adze, the top carved with dominating manaia figure holding a lizard by its tail, fully decorated with pataki and triple heihei designs to top shaft, stone adze bound with muka f

Tekoteko - ancestral figure cylindrical form, well defined facial features with large tongue protruding from mouth, fingers resting upon torso, slightly bent feet standing on raised base, fully carved with pataki and triple heihei decoration, height 92 cm

Tekoteko - ancestral figure flattened rectangular head with large protruding tongue and raised facial features, carved spiral design to shoulders and arms resting upon stomach, slightly bent knees standing on carved base with pataki and triple heihei desig

Wahaika large flattened blade tapering to a sharp striking edge, inside edge decoration with a carved standing figure with arms to torso, dark brown rich patina, length 37 cm

Tokotoko - walking stick slender form with brass top, carved figure to upper portion, length 91 cm

Rare and superb waka taua - war canoe early 19th century, the prow with weathered rear facing figure, spiral and notch motif separating forward facing figure with extended tongue and paua shell inset eyes, spiral motif along gunwales, stern (taurapa) with

Toki poutangata - ceremonial adze 19th century, dark flared greenstone adze bound to haft with flax cord, haft decorated with notch motif and paua shell inset, tiki figure to top of haft, length 47 cm. Provenance: John Griffin collection

Bone Pekapeka late 19th century/ early 20th century, manaia heads facing outwards, paua shell inset eyes, similarly decorated to both sides, width 5.5 cm. Provenance: John Griffin collection

Mutu kaka - wooden bird Snare contact period or earlier, upper portion of upwright with full face manaia type carving to end of arm, height 25 cm. Provenance: John Griffin collection

Rare wahaika 19th century, male carved figure to back with long protruding tongue, four ridges to butt, square hole, length 35 cm. Provenance: Neil Darroch collection, formerly E.B. Williams collection, Hastings (early 20th century). Ref 90

A mid-20th century large Maori carved poutokomanawa type figure, the stylised standing male figure with small 'kumete' supported to his front, an open top with cavity, black stained moko detail, paua inserts. Height 49 cm. Vendor's provenance:

A 20th century finely carved Maori stylised figure, protruding forehead, serrated inlaid paua shell eyes, tongue extended, three finger hands clasped to abdomen, well defined linial and notch carving, signs of wear. Height 45.5 cm, supported upon a contemp

A good 19th century large Maori carved pipe bowl, finely carved in good deep relief with a stylised full male figure to the front and base, tongue extended, genitals present, a further conforming stylised mask to each side, good dark original patina. Diame

Ti-toki liqueur bottle, modelled as a Maori pou pou figure, with original label. Height 26 cm

Carved Maori tokotoko, the handle with a tiki figure with inlaid paua shell eyes. Length 9 cm

Carved Maori pou post, the ancestral figure with ta moko and paua shell eyes. The body with decorative haehae carving and with three fingers clasped together at the abdomen, Y17541. Height 148 cm

Maori hand club wahaika, this hardwood club is finely incised over the entire blade with deep relief linear haehae carving. A finely carved ancestor figure on the side of the club with elliptical eyes, curved legs and hands held to the belly. The butt of t

A modern Maori large carved whalebone wahaika (hand club), traditional curved bladed end with full figure to the mid-section, backing to a relief carved octopus, a further traditional stylised figure to the handle and butt end, paua shell inlaid disc eyes.

An old carved Maori stylised post figure, he stands with tongue extended, some old weathering and deterioration, most old red paint remaining with white highlights to the eyes and teeth. Height 1065, to be assessed for registration

Early 20th century carved Maori whare facade boards, the amo (vertical supporting boards) each with three main stylised figures and multiple masks, old red paint showing some distress, remains of paua shell discs to eyes, the maihi boards with conforming c

A rare Maori figure decorated sinker (mahe), large sections of the sinker body broken and absent, the top carved with two heads framing a deep hour glass suspension hole. Y registered. Width 11 cm

Large Stone Mere. Dark flecked stone with a manaia head to handle. Length 45 cm, W12 cm

Carved Lintel. Five intertwined manaia figures on a flattened rectangular panel. Blackened patina. Length 76 cm. Width 13 cm. Provenance: T. Clemence Collection, New Zealand

Superb Wahaika. All over deep relief linear haehae carving to blade. Female figure to incurve with hands wrapped around torso with carved moko to chins and cheek and eyes handle end with two finely carved manaia protruding tongues. Pierced hole for attachm

Important Mahe - Sinker. A very rare Pre-European stone carved God sinker (mahe) or ballast stone, with carved janus manaia figures to the top which is perforated for attachment to a line. Of exceptional quality and superior to those in the British Museum,

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.

Fine tokotoko, by Jacob William Heberley (1849-1906) Te Ati AWA Wellington descent, the gentle tapering shaft carved with a figure to the upper section holding a mere and with crescent shaped paua shell eyes, the shaft decorated with haehae and pataki notc

Fine tokotoko, by Jacob William Heberley (1849-1906) Te Ati AWA Wellington descent, the gentle tapering shaft carved with a figure to the upper section holding a mere and with crescent shaped paua shell eyes, the shaft and knobbed handle decorated with a f

Mid 20th century whalebone wahaika (short club) traditional form with carved full figure to the blade curve 29.5 cm

A contemporary whalebone wahaika, carved by Louis Denolfo, the long hooked form spatulate blade with reduced grip, pierced suspension hole, stylised mask to butt end with protruding tongue and inlaid red wax eyes, stylised male full figure to back edge. Le

An old large Maori carved figured post, the tall stylised figure with detailed moko, pronounced arched back with his right leg upon a further stylised head, he holds a taiaha to his right hand and a raised mere to his left, further stylised figures to the

A large carved Maori pou post, the upper section carved with a full tiki figure, the figure depicted with topknot, moko, paua inset eyes, notch and linial carving to the shoulders and sides, hand with three fingers clasped to abdomen, legs flexed, genitali

An early/mid-20th century Maori carved carver's mallet, the back entirely carved with a stylised Maori figure, some dark stained original finish remaining. Length 30.5 cm

Maori figure with paua disc eyes carved holding a patu aloft. Height 40 cm

A 20th century Maori whalebone wahaika, carved in traditional manner with a profile figure to the blade edge, a stylised head to the butt end, drilled suspension hole, paua inset eyes. Length 35 cm

A rare late 18th century greestone hei tiki, a dark greenstone, with white and brown scistose flaws. The head is especially large, with no neck, with an hourglass suspension hole. The eyes and limbs are deeply carved, with light carving at the mouth and sh

A very good quality 19th century patiti (short handled weapon) carved tiki face at top and manaia head at the base butt., with whale bone handle and an iron mounted axe, maker William Gilpin 1860s imprinted into side of axe blade.

A ?th century Maori carved wooden feeding bowl. Bowl is shaped like a gourd. Pakati, haehae designs, with paua shell inlay. The bowl depicts four manaia and one tekoteko face. Length 38 cm, height 10 cm.

Tekoteko figure, 19th century, surmounting a koruru mask, the tekoteko holding a patu, Y13863. Height 82 cm

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