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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A rare New Zealand Maori walking stick with carved Tiki and inlaid paua shell, 19th century

A 20th century Maori greenstone hei tiki, classical form with head turned to right shoulder, hands clasped to thighs, matt polished finish, paua shell ring inset eyes, suspension hole to top. Good dark green tone. Height 7.8 cm

A good early 20th century Maori greenstone hei tiki, even dark green tone, head turned to the left, hands clasped to thighs, red sealing wax to the ring eyes, countersigned suspension hole to top of head. 13 cm x 8 cm x 1.6 cm

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

Pounamu hei-tiki, kawakawa variety with hands to thighs and tilted head, Y17543. Provenance: Passed on by family descent from Sir George grey and Annie Matthews

A 20th century Maori greenstone hei tiki, of good proportion and style, tongue extended, chin to right shoulder, hands clasped to thighs, serrated paua shell inset ring eyes, mildly counter sunk, suspension hole to top of head, good even dark green tone. 1

20th century greenstone tiki paua inset eyes, 9.5 cm length, registration pending

A pounamu hei tiki, dark kawakawa variety, carved by Mike Higgs, modelled in conventional flexed stance with head inclined to left, ring eyes inset with serrated paua shell, hands modelled clasping thighs. Height 9 cm

An old Maori nephrite hei tiki, pale Auhunga variety pounamu, modelled with head tilted with chin to left shoulder, the forehead pierced with a suspension hole and unusually with a second semi-concealed suspension hole immediately beside it, arms reach dow

A Maori whalebone hei tiki, traditional form with head to left shoulder, hands to thighs, inset paua shell ring eyes. Plaited lashing cord attached with bone toggle. Height 9.8 cm

Pounamu hei tiki, translucent tangiwai (bowenite) presented in the conventional manner with hands placed to thighs. Two circular eyes with red sealing wax pierced at the forehead. Length 10 cm.

Rare tattooing bowl. Very rare tattooing pigment bowl fashioned from a root ball, the naturally bent handle leads to a carved bowl with haehae and pataki designs and is highlighted with an abstracted tiki head with a protruding spilt tongue. Rich mid brown

Chiefly Hei Tiki. A large stunning example in orthodox stance with well-defined facial features, body and limbs. Large head tilting to the right. Well worn, hourglass-shaped suspension hole. Nephrite with a variated coloration. Length 10 cm. Width 5.5 cm

Hei Tiki. Good example in orthodox form, the head with red wax inset to eyes and tilting to the left and Hands resting on thighs. Pierced hand drilled hole to top of head. Length 9.5 cm. Width 5.3 cm

Hei Tiki Pounamu. Small early example in orthodox form, the head with red wax inset to eyes and tilting to the left and Hands resting on thighs. Pierced hand drilled hole to top of head. Height 6 cm. Width 4 cm

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

Rare New Zealand whare cast iron coal range decorated with tiki figures in low relief. 52 x 37 cm

A late 20th century carved Maori wakahuia, traditional notched carving to the sides, the lid and handles carved with the traditional tiki face with inset paua eyes. 31 cm x 14 cm x 7 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 Maori greenstone tiki, New Zealand, paua shell rings around central pupils, circa 1960, 8 cm long

A pounamu hei tiki, modelled with head tilted and chin to left shoulder, hands clasped to thighs, the face with red sealing wax inlaid red eyes and open mouth with protruding tongue. Height 12 cm

A Pounamu hei tiki, Marsden Flower variety, of rich green colour with dark inclusions, in South Island style, modelled with chin to left shoulder, red sealing wax inlaid ring eyes, hands clasped to thighs. Distention to forehead for suspension hole, starte

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

A rare early 19th century greenstone hei tiki, the greenstone is a rich dark green with a shading flaw by the chin. The large hei tiki is thick, with deep carvings and a satiny smooth surface. The eyes are very large and the nose has a deep groove. There a

A rare 19th century greenstone hei tiki, greenstone is Kawakawa. The carving of this hei tiki is different, the neck is long and the body is a continuous smooth loop, with hourglass-shaped body holes. The oval head has shallow eye rings that are darkened,

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 Tattersfield 'Maori Legend' rug, decorated in the manner of a tukutuku panel framed by a border of tiki figures. Original label to reverse. 140 cm x 68 cm

Contemporary pounamu hei tiki, with tilted head and hands to thighs. Height 9.5 cm

Pipe the bowl carved with tiki mask, paua set eyes [pending registration]

Carved bust. Carved bust of a chief wearing a cloak, raised features with face decorated with full moko. The base decorated with two tiki figures with inset paua eyes, haehae and pataki notching finish this strong work. Height 32 cm. Width 12 cm.

Hei tiki. In orthodox form, the head tilting to the left one hand resting to chest the other on thigh. Pierced hole to top of head. Soft worn patina. Length 6 cm. Width 4 cm.

Lidded box. Carved box with tiki face to top with inset paua eyes. Length 12.4 cm. Width 10 cm. D.4.8 cm.

Carved architectural element. Superb standing tiki figure, heavily carved double haehae and dog tooth notching. Dry red washed patina. Height 72 cm. Width 27 cm.

Carved architectural element. Koruru' strong tiki figure with mouth open revealing a lizard with an inset shell eye, carved double haehae and dog tooth notching. Dry red-wash patina. Height 49.5 cm. Width 34.5 cm.

Hei tiki pounamu. Good large example in orthodox form with head tilting to the left, hands resting on thighs. Old written label attached inscribed with height 10 cm. Width 6.2 cm.

Peter Sauerbier, aotearoa, bronze tiki figure, modelled holding standing holding a patu. Height 60 cm

A vintage Maori carved floor standing ashtray with a stand of ebonised tiered tiki figures and dog toothed notched tray. Height 69.5 cm

A vintage Maori carved floor standing ashtray with a stand of stylised tiered tiki figures and dog toothed notched tray. Height 72 cm

An impressive, very large and important whale bone hei tiki. Together with a nephrite kuru pendant from the Ngai Wai tribe which literally translates 'The People of the Water'. The Ngai Wai controlled the islands of the north-East Coast of the North Island