Master Carver Scrimshaw Hawaiian Fish Hook Necklace
Size: 6.0cm (60mm) (2.4") L x 3.2cm (32 mm) (1.2") W (exact size may vary slightly)
Hand Carved from Beef Bone and Aged to give an Antiqued look.Comes bound on Camo Cord one size fits all cord that can be adjusted to a variety of lengths.
Item is presented in a gift pouch and includes information about the piece and its meaning.
The fish-hook shape of the hei matau finds its origins in Maori legend, which holds that the north island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner maui using only a woven line and a bone hook. Legend holds that the shape of Hawkes Bay is that of the hei matau, which caught in the fish's side. For the maori, the hei matau is taonga (a cultural treasure). It represents not only their land but also prosperity, fertility and safe passage over water.
- Made in the US and Imported