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.

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

9 greenstone heart shaped pendants. All with yellow gold coloured fittings.

Mutu kaka - perch snare made from a single piece of wood, with strong figural carving to front upper portion and arching back. Paired notching to top of the arching back. Inlaid shell to eyes. Terminates with stylised manaia (Maori mythological creature) e

Rare 18th century Maori papahou (treasure box) This superb stone carved treasure box has a flat rectangular form instead of the wakahuia canoe shaped form. This box would have held personal objects such as combs and greenstone pendants of a high ranking pe

A carved Kaka Poira Pounamu early bird leg ring, unusual form. Bevelled leg hole and pierced suspension hole. Length 3 cm.

Important whale tooth rei puta, considered to be one of the rarest forms of Maori adornment the rei puta was a chiefly signifier worn by the ancestors of the Moa-hunters of Aotearoa. The rei puta style can be traced back to eastern Polynesia and the first

A Maori pre-European greenstone kaka poria (parrot leg ring) of square shaped circular form, the protruding section with original hour-glass shaped suspension hole, notched protuberances to the corner, mid-green colourway and semi translucent.2.2 x 31 cm

Kaka Poria, a fine leg ring for pet Kaka. Fashioned in dark green pounamu. Height 3.5 cm. Width 3.5 cm.

Kaka Poira pounamu, bird leg ring with beveled leg hole and pierced suspension hole, highly translucent L.4 cm. W.3 cm

Kaka Poira pounamu, early bird leg ring of unusual avian form with beveled leg hole and pieced suspension hole. Length 3 cm W.2.8 cm

Kaka Poria Pounamu, a bird ring of early form, pierced suspension hole and bevelled leg hole. Highly translucent. Length 5 cm. Width 3 cm

Contact period 1830s rare Maori bird leg ring (Kaka Poria). Decorative and probably made from marine bone. Used for captive parrots. Length 5 cm. Width 3.5 cm

Kaka Poria Pounamu, a bird ring of early form with incisioned hour glass suspension hole with slightly bevelled leg hole. Distinctly laminar nephrite. Length 3.1 cm. Width 2.7 cm.

Rare bone Kaka Poria - bird ring, a bird ring of triangulated triple raised notching and hourglass incision at suspension hole. Fashioned from bone, possibly marine ivory. Fine patina. Young kaka were easily captured and tamed, they were held captive by a