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Maori Artefacts

  • A rare and important Taranaki Waka Prow ‘Te Tauihu Waka’

    Attending the handing over ceremony were Peter M Love, Chairman, Te Atamira Taiwhenua together with representatives from Te Papa and Puke Ariki Musuem as well as Dunbar Sloane, Auckland staff, on Wednesday 25 March 2015.

    SOLD BY PRIVATE TREATY

  • Fine Tokotoko c.1870, by Jacob William Heberley (1849 - 1906) of Te Ati Awa Wellington descent

    Lot 686: Carved with highly stylised, tattooed male and female figures standing in full relief and surmounting a manaia head with bulbous tongue and numerous teeth above incised kowhaiwhai design. The surface decoration of this very accomplished carving is extremely intricate and finely finished; its sophisticated rauponga and pataki notches illustrate Jacob's sureness of line and deftness of chisel cuts. Having lived some of his early life in Rotorua, he was one of an elite group of late 19th C. master carvers.

     

    Provenance: Thomas Webster collection. Private collection, New Zealand
    L.866mm, W.120mm (Y9510)

     

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Tribal Artefacts Auction 22nd October 2015

    Price Sold: $27,000 + buyer's premium

  • Rare contact period 19th C. Greenstone Hei Tiki.

    Lot 24: 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 shoulders. Well polished.

    Provenance: Ex-AM Hughes collection. Auckland family firm, Hughes & Cossar Liquor. Hughes was an ex All Black and prominent figure in the racing industry. He purchased Maori artefacts from Dunbar Sloane Wellington over the years.
    L. 8.5cm. Y07812.


    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Tribal Artefacts Auction 3 December 2014

    Price Sold: $14,000 + buyers premium

  • Quality 19th C. Patiti with carved tiki face at top and manaia head at base.

    Lot 18: Whale bone handle and an iron mounted axe, maker William Gilpin 1860s imprinted into side of axe blade.

    Provenance: possibly South Island.

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Tribal Artefacts Auction 3 December 2014

    Price Sold $4,000 + buyers premium

  • Contact period Kaka Cloak

    A rare and brilliant (contact period 1820s) Maori Chief's Kahu huru huru feather cloak with a complete covering of Kaka feathers, except side borders of Keruru feathers in white and green. Made by Rongowhakaata in Northern Hawkes bay.

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Maori Artefacts Auction November 2007.

    Price Sold $55,000 +Buyer's premium

  • Contact period tiki

    A Chief's Tiki, Contact period (C1800).
    Prized by Maori Chief's. "Pale milkly greenstone". Ex Webster Collection, collected in England. Good quality.

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Maori Artefacts Auction November 2007.

    Price Sold $22,000 + Buyer's premium

  • The 'Kronfeld Mere' - Rare & Magnificent 18th C. Greenstone Mere

    Known as the Kronfeld mere (also, the 'P&O mere') after the first collectors, Dr. and Mrs M. Kronfeld, who presented it to the NZ Shipping Company Ltd. 

     

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Webster Collection Auction March 2011.

    Price sold $35,000 + buyers premium

  • Late 17th/Early 18th C. Large Highly Important Greenstone Tiki of a classic pre-European shape

    Showing goaty beard, strong neckline, big head, hands on stomach and hip. Overall colour is dark green with black specks.
    L. 12cm, W. 7cm. 

     

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Webster Collection Auction March 2011.

    Price Sold $29,500 + buyers premium

  • Kahurangi Marsden Flower Jade River Boulder.

    Smooth, deep green colour.
    L. 40cm, W. 28cm.
    Weight 14.4kg.

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Webster Collection Auction, March 2011

    Price Sold $7,500 + buyers premium

  • Very Rare 18th C. Maori Hook

    Used for catching Albatross. With two high relief manaia heads, with one haliotis shell eye (other 3 shell eyes missing). Polished bone, one inner barb, serrated outer barbs at point.

     

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Maori & Tribal Artefacts Auction 28 November 2012

    Price Sold $23,000 + Buyers Premium

  • Very Rare 17th/Early 18th C. Maori Greenstone Mere

    Beautiful dark green colour with tiny black speckles. (Ancient thong hole and thick through the middle). Returned to NZ from England in 1977.

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Maori Artefacts Auction May 2008.

    Price Sold $45,000 +Buyer's premium

  • 19th C Kiwi Feather Cloak

    "The lucky Maori Cloak" (Mid 19th C) A superb Maori Kiwi feather cloak returned to NZ from Europe.

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Maori Artefacts Auction May 2008.

    Price Sold $50,000 + Buyer's premium

  • Contact period Whalebone Kotiate

    Maori Contact Period Whalebone Kotiate 1870s of very good quality. Tiki face carved into butt.

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Maori Artefacts Auction November 2007.

    Price Sold $8,500 + Buyer's premium

  • Pre-European Wahaika

    A Magnificent Pre-European Wooden Waihaka, Plain and classic, good patina with carved god figure 2/3rds down and tiki face carved in to the butt. Old square hole in the handle.

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    Maori Artefacts Auction November 2007.

    Price Sold $24,000 + Buyer's premium

  • Kalimantan Collection

    A collection of 18th & 19th Century Maori Artefacts

    A most successful tender with 3 tenders received and the vendor accepting the highest one. Both vendor and buyer wished, under the privacy act, to not disclose the sum paid.

     

    Sold at Dunbar Sloane Auckland
    May 2011

    Sold for an undisclosed sum