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Large Wood and Bone Matau

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  • $48


A large hand made traditional style fish hook necklace or "Hei-Matau" in Maori, with a bone barb bound onto the wooden shank.

This is a one of a kind custom piece so will be removed from our gallery permanently when sold.

It includes a waxed braid cord with hand carved bone toggle, a traditional woven presentation case and a detailed description of the meaning of the carving.

Size: 70mm Long (2.75 Inches)

The Maori people were great mariners and fishermen so the Matau is therefore 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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