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..
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
Toki Poutangata - ceremonial adze 19th century or earlier, stone adze of tapering form bound to haft with flax cord, haft of simple fine curved form with deep lashing groove, length 52 cm, . Provenance: John Griffin collection
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
Early Mangaian ruatangaeo - ceremonial adze finely polished adze head lashed to the turret form base with intricate binding, fully decorated with triangular motifs, light brown patina, height 42 cm, width 8.5 cm
An exceptional museum-quality Lewis Gardiner carved pounamu toki poutangata, of large size, the oval section cylindrical handle with stylised bust carved end, the raised top with entwined pierced and carved stylised figures in a good dark green kahurangi j
An old Maori nephrite adze, 19th century or earlier, finely shaped working adze made from a deep green nephrite. Provenance: BL Hornshaw collection (1878-1937) Hornshaw was an avid collector of Pacific & Australian Aboriginal artefacts, he received man
Greenstone Toki & Worked Pounamu Stone (3). Two early toki pounamu and a worked pounamu stone. Length 10.6 cm. Width 2 cm; Length 7.6 cm. Width 2.7 cm; Length 8.5 cm. Width 4.6 cm. Possibly from Kenneth Athol Webster collection, New Zealand. Private collec
A replica toki poutangata by Hohepa Mokaraka, carved in the Northern style with figural heel, butt knob as a head, lashing with decorative feathers and set with a quadrangular pounamu blade. Provenance: Collection G.J Grace. Height 38 cm, blade length 16.5
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