Hawaiian - New Zealand Maori Jade Fish Hook Necklace
Hand Carved Grade A Nephrite Jade (Greenstone) Hawaiian Style Fish Hook Necklace
The Hei Matau (Maori) Makau (Hawaiian) fish hook represents not only the land, but prosperity, abundance, good luck, and safe journey--esp over water.
Size: 4.1cm (41mm) L x 3.1cm (31mm) w / Inches: 1.6L x 1.2 W*
Comes on a braided, one size fits all, adjustable cord.
Item is presented in a traditional style hand woven flax gift pouch and includes the meaning of the piece.
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.