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 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

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

A rare early 19th century greenstone hei tiki, the greenstone is a rich dark green with a shading flaw by the chin. The large hei tiki is thick, with deep carvings and a satiny smooth surface. The eyes are very large and the nose has a deep groove. There a

A rare 19th century greenstone hei tiki, greenstone is Kawakawa. The carving of this hei tiki is different, the neck is long and the body is a continuous smooth loop, with hourglass-shaped body holes. The oval head has shallow eye rings that are darkened,

A rare late 18th century greestone hei tiki, a dark greenstone, with white and brown scistose flaws. The head is especially large, with no neck, with an hourglass suspension hole. The eyes and limbs are deeply carved, with light carving at the mouth and sh

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

Jade pendant in shape of hei matau (the Fishhook) made form New Zealand pounamu greenstone jade Maori's wear hei matau for protection and prosperity

Hei tiki. In orthodox form, the head tilting to the left one hand resting to chest the other on thigh. Pierced hole to top of head. Soft worn patina. Length 6 cm. Width 4 cm.

Fine silver mounted toki. A traditional toki - adze blade with a silver plate collar, marks and inscription 'New Zealand knife'. Height 9.5 cm. Width 5.8 cm.

Kuru pounamu. Cylindrical tapering form with an early suspension hole and attached chain. Length 7.8 cm. Width 1.2 cm. (pendant only)

Hei tiki pounamu. Good large example in orthodox form with head tilting to the left, hands resting on thighs. Old written label attached inscribed with height 10 cm. Width 6.2 cm.

Large group of artefacts, including lure and pendant fragments, obsidian blades, Moa bone, musket flint. (60) collected around Tamaki Estuary.

Piupiu. Upper ends of the of the Piupiu tags are tightly plated with tassels to ends. A thin woven waste band hold long multi coloured strands leading to split paired tags on the ends. Height 63 cm. Width 80 cm.

Rare feather adornment. Decorative scarf or belt, the base is traditionally constructed using wool and muka with a silk backing. Completely covered in plump kiwi feathers. Leading to tapering ends with bands of Kaka, Tui and Kakariki feathers. Length 126 c

Rare feather adornment. Decorative scarf, the body constructed of a woven muka band to pairs of tassels to both ends. Body completely covered in plump kiwi and kaka feathers. Length 97 cm. Width 3 cm.

Important Mau / Nga Tohu Tawhito. 1100 - 1300. When Maori Ancestors first set foot on Aotearoa these were keepsakes from their home islands. These signified rank,family lineage, cultural origins or simply the thoughts and protection of their loved ones. Th