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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New Zealand greenstone pendant ornament, 20th century, housed in timber box, 7 x 5 cm

Superb 18th century hei tiki pounamu greenstone pendant in human form, pointed chin with hour glass suspension hole, head tilted to left, right arm to chest and left arm to thigh (legs missing), height 10 cm

Rare early 19th century hei tiki pounamu greenstone pendant in human form (referred to as the 'Fire tiki'), three suspension holes to head (two worn through), head tilted to left, right arm to mouth, left arm to thigh, length 9 cm Provenance: Jacob Epstein

Kuru pounamu greenstone ear pendant of flared flat form with pierced hole for suspension, length 9 cm

Hei tiki pounamu greenstone pendant in human form, head tilting to right with arms on thighs and pierced hole for suspension, length 8 cm Provenance: This hei tiki was the property of William page (died 1926) who managed 'Te Kopi' a sheep station in the W

Early hei tiki pounamu greenstone pendant in human form, head tilting to right with arms on thighs and rounded chest, hourglass suspension hole, height 8.5 cm

Hei tiki pounamu greenstone pendant in human form, head inclined to right with arms on thighs, pierced hole for suspension with metal clasp attached, height 4 cm

Hei tiki pounamu 19th century or earlier greenstone pendant in human form, both arms to thighs with rounded stomach and hooked suspension hole, length 8.5 cm

A Maori carved whale tooth pendant, resembling a rei puta, carved with notch and whirl designs above a mask terminal. Length 8 cm

A contemporary Maori carved whale bone breast pendant, resembling a rei puta, carved and pierced with spiral and masks. Length 27 cm

New Zealand carved bone pendant, carved in the form of stylised fish hook, length 12 cm

Owen Mapp early 1980s greenstone pendant, curved triangular section, tapering to a point. Length 10 cm

A greenstone ear pendant, the kapeu of traditional hockey stick form, with suspension hole to the top. Length 10 cm

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

Kuru pounamu 19th century, translucent greenstone of flat elongated torpedo shape, length 16 cm

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

Green stone carved Kuru, New Zealand, approx 8.5 cm long

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

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

Unknown, marine ivory Maori pendant, 9 cm length

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

Kuru pounamu. Flattened rectangular form with remains of an early suspension hole. Length 7.5 cm. Width 1.8 cm.

Kuru pounamu. Orthodox form with pierced suspension hole. Length 9.5 cm. Width 1.1 cm.

Kuru pounamu. Large flattened ovoid form with a worn suspension hole. Translucent inunga type pounamu. Written label attached inscribed with height 12.6 cm. Width 3.4 cm.

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

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

An impressive, very large and important whale bone hei tiki. Together with a nephrite kuru pendant from the Ngai Wai tribe which literally translates 'The People of the Water'. The Ngai Wai controlled the islands of the north-East Coast of the North Island

A rare late 18th century greenstone pendant (koropepe). Tangowai transparent greenstone, two hourglass holes at top poll. Repair to head, comes with red case. Width 4.5 cm

A Maori whale bone pendant, 19th century, carved with an incipient wheku head. Pierced for suspension.

Huia claw pendant, with gold mount. Length 120 cm

Mako pendant, with attached gold ring

A pounamu and kawakawa kapeu, (ear pendant), together with a pounamu hei tiki

Kuru pounamu, small teardrop form, bowenite. Length 5 cm. Width 1.1 cm

Kuru pounamu, orthodox form with pierced suspension hole. Length 7.2 cm. Width 1 cm

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