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 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

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.

Alan Brown, two pounamu pendants, of natural yellow-green tone. Height 40 mm

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

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

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

Superb and Important Hoeroa. This rare traditional whalebone long club was used as a striking weapon, stabbing spear, and missile weapon and was made from the lower jaw of the sperm whale. The is shaped to a transverse, convex edge and the top is finely ca

Superb Mere Pounamu. Prestigious and large example in traditional form. Crafted from speckled kawakawa nephrite with the blade offering a beautiful translucent patina. The haft terminates with hand sawn ridges and soft worn hole. Fine balance and form. Hei

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 19th century Maori patu onewa, basalt club with a ridged grip and circular hole for suspension, repaired, 43 cm long

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 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

Pounamu kuru pendant. kawakawa variety with attached gilt brass suspension ring. Y13505. Length 6 cm

A 20th century greenstone mere, a quality stone, with waves of white washed through the greenstone. Length 38 cm.

A superb 20th century greenstone mere, with hourglass hole and three grooves. The greenstone quality is A1 (the best). Length 42 cm.

Samoan paddle club, early 20th century. 101 cm.

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

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