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..
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A rare New Zealand Maori walking stick with carved Tiki and inlaid paua shell, 19th century

An early 20th century Maori carved walking stick, the wide tapered cylindrical shaft with five bands of lineal and notched carved detail, ebonised finish, showing some signs of age. Length 91.5 cm

A 19th century Maori carved tokotoko (walking stick), attributed to Tene Waitere (1854-1931), four stylised carved and pierced figures, to majority of shaft, paua inset eyes, fine linial and notch highlights, the handle as a stylised albatross head, plain

Carved Maori tokotoko, the handle with a tiki figure with inlaid paua shell eyes. Length 9 cm

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

Fine tokotoko, long cylindrical shaft, three distinctive manaia heads at top, bottom and middle, with strong facial features, inlaid paua shell eyes and spiral design to cheeks and forehead. Resolved triple haehae and dogtooth notching throughout the shaft

Early tokotoko, fully carved with pataki notching and haehae decoration. Rich brown patina. Height 102 cm. Width 3 cm

Fine tokotoko, carved with a highly stylised male figure, standing in full relief and surmounting a manaia head the figure with naturalistic tattooed head and bone-inlaid eyes extends into a curved handle terminating in a stylised bird form manaia with pau

A carved wooden walking stick (tokotoko), of round cross section with tiki figures and paua inlays. Reference No. 4726

A carved Maori walking stick (tokotoko), of fairly flat profile with three tiki figures stacked to form the shaft. All with paua shell eyes. Reference No. 4577. Length 92 cm

A Superbly carved wooden walking stick (tokotoko), with a broad spiral winding down whole shaft. Face to top below handle. Length 86 cm

20th century Maori orator's carved stick. Length 73.5 cm.

An early 20th century carved Maori tokotoko (walking stick) with bone handle carved in the round with three male figures facing both ways. Large paua inlaid eyes. Length 89 cm. Belonged to Mr Albert George Holland, one of the seven Maori Land Court judges

An early 20th century carved Maori tokotoko (walking stick) with curved handle extending carved end. Three figures carved frontally, one atop the other. Paua inlaid eyes. Length 102 cm.

An early 20th century fully carved Maori tokotoko (walking stick) with curved handle with four full length human figures with intertwined arms forming the shaft. Paua inlaid eyes. Length 90 cm.

An early 20th century carved Maori tokotoko (walking stick). Adorned with human faces and figures carved into orb head. Metal decorative band below head. Length 89.5 cm.

An old Maori carved toko toko (walking stick), the fine shaft with all over rauponga and geometric patterns, a lizard crawling to the stylised mask at the top with a short protruding branch handle. Length 87.8 cm. Provenance; Found in a drained swamp near

Maori carved walking stick fragment, heavily worked top. Showing fine carving style with inset paua. Length 42 cm. Width 2 cm

Carved walking stick, a superb example with rounded top above a finely carved chiefly figure holding a paua shell mere and enveloped in a cloak. h'h' dog tooth and lineal decoration to shaft. Length 90.5 cm. Width 4.5 cm

A fine Tokotoko c. 1870 by Jacob William Heberley (1849-1906). Length 86.5 cm

Maori carved walking stick, showing innovative carving style terminating into heavily worked tip. 20th century. Length 92 cm.

tokotoko - Maori orator's staff, softly carved complex interlocking triple h'h' style with dragon tooth notching throughout. Three finely carved and highly detailed Mania with diamond formed paua inlay eyes. Well balanced with deep rich patina. 19th centur

Tokotoko, finely carved triple lined h'h' and dragon tooth notching in complex interlocking patterns. Mania in mid section. Handle guarded by tiki figure with hands in mouth indicating a right to speak on the mar'. 20th century. Length 84.5 cm.

Maori carved walking stick, carved from rimu with Koputa (Albatross) detail leading the handle. Body of the stick offers repeated ancestral figures. 20th century. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art. Length 88.8 cm.

A Superb carved Maori walking stick 'Handle' in human God figure shape form sitting on another face. (See reverse), two serrated paua shell eyes. Height 19 cm (to top of handle).