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Pounamu Mania Matau by Alex Sands


A hand crafted Matau or hook pendant carved in stunning New Zealand Pounamu with a traditional satin finish by Alex Sands.

It includes an adjustable plaited waxed braid cord, a traditional woven presentation case and a detailed description of the meaning of the carving.

70mm Long (2.8 Inches)
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This is a unique one off custom piece so it will be removed from our gallery permanently when sold.

There are two main items of inconology involved in this carving, A Manaia; one of the more ancient mythical beings with a bird's head and a human form. It is said to be the messenger between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of the spirits. The Manaia is regarded as a kind deity protecting the people and helping them communicate with ancestors on the other side.
It is also a holder of great spiritual energy and is a guardian against evil.

And a Matau; one of the most powerful symbols used in Maori culture as it represents prosperity, abundance and fertility.

It also is said to provide good luck and safety when traveling over water.
The wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life.

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