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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Crown Lynn Wharetana Maori Art Pottery wall plaque, circular form, dominated with a large green glazed hei tiki form on linial, notch and spiral 'carved' background. Curved back edge, impressed with a number. Diameter 25.5 cm

Charlie Wilson carved whale bone hei tiki, finely detailed with the head turned to the right shoulder, inlaid paua shell ring eyes, left hand to the chest with index finger to the mouth, forked tongue, the right to the right thigh, mildly concave back. Len

A good Charlie (Raponi) Wilson carved inunga greenstone hei tiki, pale/mid-green colourway, finely detailed with the head turned to the left shoulder, ears evident, inlaid paua shell ring eyes, right hand to the chest, the left to the left thigh, mildly co

Carved greenstone fish pendant, with plated surround, size: 7 cm diameter including bale

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

A late 19th/early 20th century Maori greenstone hei tiki, ring carved eyes, chin to left shoulder, hands clasped to the thighs, counter sunk suspension hole towards top of head, the bowenite greenstone of flecked mid/dark green tone. Height 11 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

Whalebone hei tiki late 19th century/early 20th century, right hand to mouth and left arm to thigh, height 9 cm

Albatross bone toggle pre-contact period with suspension hole on underside, used to secure hei tiki around neck, length 4.5 cm. Provenance: Neil Darroch 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

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 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

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

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 greenstone drop pendant, tapering cylindrical shape pierced with suspension hole. Length 6.5 cm

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

A Fred Money silver hei matau (fish hook) with greenstone carved barb, fine rope and Maori mask detail, impressed maker's marks. Note: Ex. the family collection of Richard shields, a noted greenstone carver, the greenstone barb possibly carved by shiel

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.

A Maori woven muka (worked flax) cape, twin ply construction, decorated with hukahuka thrums and borders of green iridescent, brown and white feathers. Further thrums form a dense collar. 94 cm x 930. Along with a small woven flax and feather Maori child's

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

Chiefly Taiaha. The taiaha is a traditional Maori weapon usually between five to six feet (1.5 to 1.8 m) in length. It is a wooden close-quarters weapon used for short sharp strikes or stabbing thrusts. It has three main parts. The arero (tongue) used for

A Maori folk art carved figure, in the manner of a tekoteko, the stylised figure with hands clasped to abdomen, the face with incised moko and with further designs carved to torso and arms, a pendant suspended to the figure’s neck and a ribbon bow tie affi

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

An early 20th century Maori carved pipe, the bowl with a stylised carved head with paua inset eyes, the silver collar hallmarked London 1901, long tapered mouthpiece

Unknown, marine ivory Maori pendant, 9 cm length

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

A Maori flax skirt c.1890-1920, Piupiu variety made, with twisted cords of natural and black dyed flax as well as yellow and blue wool, in excellent condition. Length 51 cm. Width 90 cm

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