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..
Early Tewhatewha. Orthodox form with 'axe' type head, stone tooled with a deep rich patina, a pierced hole with attached feathers and the shaft decorated with softly carved abstracted mania design. Length 120.5 cm. Width 17.4 cm
Early tewhatewha. Orthodox form with 'Axe' type head, stone tooled with a deep rich patina, a pierced hole for attachment of feathers and the shaft decorated with softly carved abstracted mania design. Length 126 cm. Width 16.5 cm.
Prestigious tewhatewha, of superb and well-balanced form with a deeply carved detail to shaft. Pierced hole to large and well proportioned head. Soft, rich, dark brown patina. Length 138 cm. Width 19 cm
Chiefly tewhatewha, of superb and well-balanced form with a deeply carved detail to shaft, pierced hole to head with two bundles of attached hawk feathers. Deep, rich, dark brown, smokey patina. Length 134 cm. Width 16.6 cm
A contact period Maori tewhatewha, with a carved ridge nearer the point, the blade with an old wood split on top edge and a straight hole drilled at the bottom curved edge. Provenance: Purchased from Webb's, 2008. Prior to sale, was held in one family sinc
A finely carved 19th century Maori tewhatewha. Carved with spirals, fern shapes, criss cross etc. Two paua shell inlays (80% carved) by a master carver. (good quality, Taranaki style). Provenance: Purchased at Dunbar Sloane Auckland, 2005. Length 120 cm
A mid-19th century tewhatewha head and part shaft, the traditional bladed small head with remnants of old paper label, the shaft section of mildly ribbed form, good old dark patina. Length 29 cm, width 12.5 cm
A small carved Tewhatewha, the shaft of oval section, the distal end terminates to a point. A carved janus face decorates the shaft approximately 3/4 from the end, the blade has a suspension hole below for attachments. Good patination. Length 96 cm
A contact period tewhatewha the mid-brown wood polished, the staff tapering to a blunt point with a carved ridge nearer the point, the blade with an old wood split on top edge and a straight hole drilled at the bottom curved edge. Provenance; in one family
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