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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Large floorstanding nephrite pounamu, Kawakawa variety with impressive polished face and marbled flecks, rear unpolished, cut to the base, height 54 cm, width 67 cm, depth 17 cm

Mere pounamu, a well-proportioned and finely carved weapon with a good weight and elegant form, a quality piece of pounamu. The blade of deep-green nephrite leads to a butt end with eight carved grooves and a pierced hole. Length 33 cm

New Zealand school greenstone (pounamu) sculpture. Bust of a woman with flowing hair. Signed to base 'Uri / Zuri' 2001, NZ. Height 19 cm

An early Maori hand club, with finely executed design to both sides, face on handle terminus, minor chips have been repaired, 19th or early 20th century, New Zealand, length 41.5 cm

A Maori Childs Club (tiaha), New Zealand (early-mid 20th century), carved hardwood and shell inlay, 128 cm long

An early/mid-20th century Maori pounamu hei tiki, open heart form mouth with chin to left shoulder, hands clasped to thighs, semi-translucent mid-dark green tone and in good polish. Not registered. Height 7.5 cm

An early/mid-20th century Maori pounamu hei tiki, chin to the left shoulder, mid-green tone, tapered suspension hole. Not registered. Height 7.8 cm

An old Maori greenstone adze (toki pounamu), wide tapered flat form, mildly curved bevel, no bevel chin, semi-polished remnant cortex. 6 cm x 9.5 cm x 1.5 cm.

A Maori pre-European stone hand club (patu onewa), traditional spatulate blade with some chipping, narrowing to a reduced grip with three defined grooves to the butt end, hour-glass suspension hole, polished all over. Length 30.7 cm

Fine Pekapeka pounamu of beautiful form and symmetry of back to back mythological creatures with well defined features, pierced back for attachment, length 3 cm, height 4.5 cm

Koropepe pounamu very rare and early adornment, spiral shape which leads to koru form design at the end of the tail, representing a mythical bird or eel/fish form, extremely good example with well defined facial features, inset eyes, raised notch to beak,

Early hei tiki pounamu stunning early example in orthodox stance, well defined facial features, ribs and limbs with head tilting to the right and two pierced well worn hourglass shaped suspension holes, height 7.5 cm

Mere pounamu an early well proportioned example with good weight and elegant form, the blade of mid-green translucent speckled stone leading to a slightly raised butt of simple form, length 32 cm

Hei tiki pounamu large and important tiki, translucent stone with head tilting to the right, large dominant chest and arms resting to the top of the thighs, pierced hole for attachment, height 10.5 cm. Provenance: formerly owned by Mrs. Maora Tamihana of W

Kuru pounamu 19th century, translucent greenstone of flat elongated torpedo shape, length 16 cm

Mere pounamu contact period, flecked greenstone with hour glass suspension hole and worn ridges to butt, length 35 cm. Provenance: John Griffin collection, purchased Dunbar Sloane 1958

Large toki pounamu pre-contact period, quadrangular form with sharp edges, length 24 cm. Provenance: John Griffin collection

Group of toki pounamu pre-contact period, of varying size, one formed as pendant with suspension hole,, . Provenance: Neil Darroch collection

Group of toki pounamu pre-contact period, one formed as a pendant with suspension hole,, , . Provenance: Neil Darroch collection

Toki pounamu pre-contact period, ridges to under side, dark stone, length 14 cm. Provenance: Neil Darroch collection. Formerly purchased Dunbar Sloane 1988

Hei tiki pounamu contact period, asymmetrical form with right hand to chest and left hand to thigh, suspension hole flared on reverse, height 10 cm. Provenance: Neil Darroch collection, formerly purchased Dunbar Sloane 1988

A large pounamu serpentinite boulder, oval form, cut in half, showing mid-green mottled tones with darker inclusions. Approx. 65 kilos. 60 cm x 33 cm x 25 cm

A large New Zealand pounamu river boulder, one face polished showing good dark green tone with mid-green inclusions, the serpentinite oval boulder of approx. 100 kilos. 65 cm x 48 cm x 25 cm

A large NZ pounamu (serpentine) river worn boulder, of approximately oval form, the top section polished showing rich dark green tone. 66 x 56 x 26 cm, approx. 100kgs.

A large modern quality Maori greenstone mere (mere pounamu), the large spatulate blade of good proportion, narrowing to a waisted grip, tapering suspension hole, four concentric ridges to the butt, the good mid/dark tone with pale and dark included highlig

A large 160kg N.Z. nephrite/pounamu boulder, large oval flattened form with polished top showing good dark green tone with pale and black flecked inclusions, natural river worn base. 80 cm x 53 cm x 150 approx.

A large pounamu river worn boulder, natural flattened circular form, pale rind exterior. Approx. 75kgs. 50 cm x 45 cm x 24 cm approx.

A quality contemporary mere Kawakawa by Thomas Ratima, of good size with elegant spatulate blade tapering to a fine edge, single tapered drilled suspension hole, four concave incised ridges to the tapered butt, good dark green tone. Length 38.5 cm. Note: T

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

A contemporary Inanga pounamu Maori mere by Lewis Tamihana Gardiner, the elegant wide spatulate blade narrowing to a fine edge, the reduced tapered grip with single suspension hole, five concave encircling tapered ridges to the butt, plaited muka cord. Len

Vintage finely carved New Zealand Maori fighting club (mere), approx 40 cm long

A good old (early 20th century) Maori greenstone mere (hand club), good dark green tone with paler inclusions, traditional wide spatulate blade, reduced grip with rounded butt end, no drill hole, good overall polish. With numerous old newspaper cuttings pe

A massive pounamu greenstone boulder, of flattened approximately circular shape, the upper surfaces partially polished and displaying rich deep green colour with lighter veining. Approx. 300kgs. Approx. 70 x 80 x 30 cm

Mere pounamu, with elongated blade and suspension hole at the handle, concentric groove at the butt of the handle, Y17507. Length 30 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

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

20th century whale bone club, kotiate 30.5 cm length, registration pending

A New Zealand greenstone club, the tapering flat club of traditional design in deep green with black and white striations, and having a plaited leather cord attached to the handle. Length 30.5 cm

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.

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

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