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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Rare 19th century Oko Ngarahu carved tattoo pigment pot, the bowl supported by figure with rauponga notching to right arm, head with moko and top knot (damage to left side), on stand, length 17 cm

A pair of early 1900s kauri gum busts, exquisitely moulded depicting a Maori chief with full face moko and a chiefteness with a moko kauae. Heights 19 cm. Some faults. Provenance: From a private museum, the owner having collected gum artefacts for many yea

A large and rare N.Z. colonial kauri gum portrait bust of a Maori wahine, near life-size with finely carved naturalistic detail, black coloured hair, moko to her chin, a woven muka cloak to her shoulders, raised on ebonised socle base. Some age cracking. H

A pair of late 19th century large carved kauri gum busts of a Maori chief and chieftainess, naturalistically represented with black staining to their hair and moko, both represented with a muku cloak wrapped to their shoulders, mounted on flat circular ebo

A mid-20th century large Maori carved poutokomanawa type figure, the stylised standing male figure with small 'kumete' supported to his front, an open top with cavity, black stained moko detail, paua inserts. Height 49 cm. Vendor's provenance:

A pair of mid-20th century large Maori carved figured panels, the man with lineal scrolls with notched detail, full moko and three Huia feathers to his hair, supported on a part-stylised mask, the stylised woman in similar form holding two carved gourds, d

Carved Maori pou post, the ancestral figure with ta moko and paua shell eyes. The body with decorative haehae carving and with three fingers clasped together at the abdomen, Y17541. Height 148 cm

An early 20th century waka huia (treasure box), the handle with mirrored tekoteko figures connected at the head above carved wheku heads with inset paua shell eyes. The bowl supported on two humanistic forms with tongues extended and full moko, carved with

Rare tattooing bowl. Very rare tattooing pigment bowl fashioned from a root ball, the naturally bent handle leads to a carved bowl with haehae and pataki designs and is highlighted with an abstracted tiki head with a protruding spilt tongue. Rich mid brown

Maori Tattooing Instrument. A very rare and fine instrument with a cylindrical wooden shaft adorned with fine spiral design carved into the end leading to a flattened rectangular top also finely carved with double haehae lines and dog-tooth notching. The e

Superb Wahaika. All over deep relief linear haehae carving to blade. Female figure to incurve with hands wrapped around torso with carved moko to chins and cheek and eyes handle end with two finely carved manaia protruding tongues. Pierced hole for attachm

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 mid-20th century Maori folk art figure, of a woman with moko kauae to her chin and a ribbon in her hair. Height 610.

A pair of Maori Folk Art carved wood figures depicting a man and a woman, each with exaggerated heads, the man holding a patu, the woman with moko kauae and with a carved tiki suspended to her chest. Height 30.5 cm

An old large Maori carved figured post, the tall stylised figure with detailed moko, pronounced arched back with his right leg upon a further stylised head, he holds a taiaha to his right hand and a raised mere to his left, further stylised figures to the

A large carved Maori pou post, the upper section carved with a full tiki figure, the figure depicted with topknot, moko, paua inset eyes, notch and linial carving to the shoulders and sides, hand with three fingers clasped to abdomen, legs flexed, genitali

A large 19th century kauri gum bust of a Maori chief with ta moko. Height 36 cm

Tene Waitere (attributed), a superb and rare carved ngati tarawhai fire surround, modelled after a pare (lintel) and Whakawae (supports) from the door frame of a Wharenui, the whakawae with ancestral figural carving as male and female forms, the male holdi

Carved bust. Carved bust of a chief wearing a cloak, raised features with face decorated with full moko. The base decorated with two tiki figures with inset paua eyes, haehae and pataki notching finish this strong work. Height 32 cm. Width 12 cm.

Rare Maori doll. Standing figure with bent legs and arms resting to side, the face with lineal moko design wide eyes and mouth with protruding tongue. Length 14.4 cm. Width 6.2 cm.

A N.Z. colonial kauri gum bust of a Maori chief with moko and feather cloak, with later shell and cord necklace. Restored. Height 12 cm

Important toki poutangata handle, a fine and important carved toki poutangata a carved wood handle with a full figure at the top of the blade representing John Ballance (realistic) the figure, seated with arms resting stark, legs slightly bent, feet extend

A fine carved wooden Maori pipe, by Tom Heberley for Cristeson Goldsmiths. Finely carved pipe depicting a human head with full moko smoking a pipe. Paua shell inlaid eyes. 18ct. gold hallmarked band. Length 15 cm

A fine carved wooden Maori pipe, by Tom Heberley for Cristeson Goldsmiths. Finely carved pipe depicting a human head with full moko. Paua shell inlaid eyes. 18ct. gold hallmarked band. Length 15.5 cm

A late 18th century wooden carver's mallet, with carved wooden face with moko and wear marks to back (from use as a mallet). Also marked '4723.' length 29 cm

Four bone Maori tattooing chisels various lengths between 3.5 and 6 cm.

Two large New Zealand colonial kauri gum busts, a Maori chief with tattooed face and flax cloak, together with a Wahine with moko and flax cloak. Height of each 20 cm, Tiria District, Northland, c.1880-90. Some faults

A carved kauri gum head of a Maori woman, her face detailed with chin moko, she wears a flax cloak across her shoulder. Height 10 cm

Rare Maori figure, a rare standing figure with ovoid head and incised moko carving to forehead and cheeks. Raised facial features with a heart shaped mouth showing a protruding tongue robust body with bent arms resting on stomach and cylindrical slightly b

Tekoteko-ancestral figure, traditionally elongated head form offers finely carved moko suggesting the high status of subject matter. Strong minimalistic brow line terminates at the centre to create the crest of the se which offers kuru/spiral motifs. The l

Superb wahaika, all over deep relief linear h'h' carving to blade. Male and female coupling figures to incurve with hands wrapped around torso with carved moko to chins and cheek. Masks with protruding split tongue to either side of handle above a finely c

Rare uhi ta moko-tattooing instrument, a very rare and fine instrument with a cylindrical wooden shaft adorned with fine spiral design carved into the end leading to a flattened rectangular top also finely carved with double h'h' lines and dog tooth notchi

Airtu Ahwito (Fungus). Considered sacred and used as an indelible dye in tattooing. Burnt to a cinder and mixed with dog fat and soot. What ever remained after each use was carefully preserved and handed down from father to Son Note: it is missing the stic

Airtu Ahwito. Considered sacred and used as an indelible dye in tattooing. Burnt to a cinder and mixed with dog fat and soot. What ever remained after each use was carefully preserved and handed down from father to Son Note: it is missing the stick with th

Airtu Ahwito (Fungus). Considered sacred and used as an indelible dye in tattooing. Burnt to a cinder and mixed with dog fat and soot. What ever remained after each use was carefully preserved and handed down from father to Son. Length 16 cm no Y number ne

An old Maori kauri gum carved bust of a Wahine, black stained hair and moko, detailed wearing a cloak. Height 15 cm. Length 14.5 cm

A c. 1900 kauri gum bust of a Maori warrior, traditionally depicted with painted moko, well defined features including cloak, arm to chest holding green painted mere, good old original finish. Height 16 cm. Width 12.5 cm

A superb and important Maori kumete, delicate shallow cupped lid with fine double rarua spirals and h'h' lines throughout. Handle presents mirrored tekoteko figures connected head to head and arching forward in acrobatic stance. Body of vessel carved in fu

Tattooing pigment pot, used in traditional Maori tattooing, this vessel would have held a mix of charcoal and water that would be applied with Uhi puru. Grey stone. Refer also to lot 42. Height 3 cm. Width 3.7 cm.

Three tattooing chisels, museum registered. Uhi puru or uhi matarau used to insert pigment and made from fine albatross bone, max length 5.3 cm. Width 1.2 cm.

Late 19th century carved wooden tobacco/ tattooing pot, the two carved seated figures holding a pot which has been carved with a tiki face. Height 15.5 cm. Length 25 cm. Depth 11 cm

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