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Hei Matau Fishook Bone & Paua Shell Pendant

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Bone and Paua Fishook (Hei Matau) Pendant This pendant is in the shape of a stylised Maori fish hook known as the hei-matau matau meaning hook
Excl. GST: NZ$19.95 Inc GST: NZ$22.94


Bone and Paua Fishook (Hei Matau) Pendant. Comes with black cord.

30mm pendant, width 20mm (approx), lenght 30mm (approx).

This pendant is in the shape of a stylised Maori fish hook known as the hei-matau (pronounced hay-may-tow), matau meaning hook.

The Fish Hook (matau) was very important to the Maori. Fishing provided a large part of their Kai Moana or 'Food from the sea'. However it was also important for trade and making the tribe wealthy. Today's fish hook's do not have the practical application they once did, they are now decorative versions and strictly for wearing. It is believed that the hei-matau and many other fish-like amulets, more common in the south, may have been worn as talismans during fishing expeditions.

The Hei Matau sigifies Abundance and plenty, strength and determination, it brings peace, prosperity and good health. It is a device for catching good luck and positive energy and provides a safe journey over water.

Bone was an important material for the Maori. It was hard, durable and simple to work. It was used for fish hooks, chisels, spear points and many other useful tools. Moa bone, seal ivory and human bone were the main sources. It has been said that once you wear a piece of bone next to your skin, some of you passes into the pendant and the pendant becomes one with you.

The pendant is enhanced by Paua.

Customer Reviews

review Review by Maria - Canada
These products are wonderful. So different and stylish. They look really sexy on men, especially if you change to a braided leather cord necklace. My spouse has now adopted the fish hook. He even got the koru tattooed on his arm!!! Really he didnt have to go that far!!!!!
Ki ora Review by Jason - Australia
This is a really nicely designed hook necklace that I purchased for myself and the quality is excellent! Thanks Silverfernz!

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