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..
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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.
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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