NZ Maori Bone Antiqued Hei Matau Fish Hook Necklace

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The Hei Matau (Maori) Makau (Hawaiian) fish hook represents not only the land, but prosperity, abundance, good luck, and safe journey--esp over water.  Comes on a one size fits all cord that can be adjusted to a variety of lengths.

SIZE: 3.5cm (35mm) L x 2.2cm (22mm) W / INCHES: 1.4" L x .80" W
(As this item is hand crafted, please note that there may be slight variations in actual size.)

This item looks the same on both sides.

Packaging includes the name of the piece and its meaning.




NOTE: All bone used by us is a by-product of industries that make use of non-endagered, non-exotic species of domesticated bovine (such as domestic beef bone). Each piece of bone is unique, no two pieces will take color, antique (age), in the exact same way; please anticipate variations in coloration.  Bone pieces will take on skin oils and will change over time, becoming unique to the wearer. Antiqued, aged, pieces have been created using our own process to give the bone the aged look of mammoth ivory.

Bone is not ivory.  Ivory is dentin; more specifically, it is from the tusks of certain animals-to include the long-extinct mammoth. We DO NOT use ivory from any source and we do not use, nor do we condone, the use of any materials that are obtained from endangered, or otherwise threatened, species.

OUR GUARANTEE: We use solid bone--guaranteed! We do not use any powdered bone/resin composite materials.

The legends of Pacific Island peoples show their long history of a deep connection to the sea and to the land.  Their works of art and adornments reflect this integral relationship between the people and their surroundings. They were used to communicate ideas about who they were and from where they had come; and to represent their connection to both the corporeal and spiritual worlds.  Each shape, the materials used, has a meaning, a purpose, that transcends the physical object itself. THE KORU, SPIRAL, gets its inspiration from the uncurling fern frond as it opens up bringing new life into the world. It represents peace, purity, harmony, and new beginnings. The PIKORUA , TWIST, represents two new shoots coming up from the ground together, eternally bound to each other and to the the earth from where they came. It represents the bonding of love and friendship between two people or two cultures. The single, INFINITY, loop represents the connection between the physical and spiritual worlds and the eternal connection between two people. The MANAIA is a mythical, birdlike, figure that is a protector over land, sea and air.  The TIKI represents the first mortal and is a symbol of good luck and fertility.  The ADZE/TOKI/DROP are symbols of strength, independence, and endurance. The ROIMATA, tear drop, represents strength, compassion, healing and comfort. The FISH HOOK, HEI MATAU (pronounced Hay Mat-Ow), 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.  In Hawaii, the fish hook is known as the MAKAU; it too is highly treasured and symbolic of good luck, strength and prosperity.  Our pieces are a tribute to the peoples whose lives and cultures inspired such beautiful legends and works of art.

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