Hand carved whale bone matau pendant.
A strong pendant with tons of character. The bone colour is fairly consistent and reasonably tight grained. It is a lovely creamy white colour. Take a moment to view the short video - it shows the variation in grain between the front and the back of the carving. Almost like having two pendants in the one piece!
This is a beautifully carved piece - it is quite slim but has a balanced, rounded form that gives it a real presence - just like the whale the bone came from.
The cord we've used for this piece is a 4-plait in our Kalahari Tan colour, and the length is adjustable.
The matau, or hook pendant is revered throughout the South Pacific as a symbol for life, well-being and prosperity. Its significance arises from the key role that fishing has played in sustaining island families and communities. The owner of a good hook was respected and held a place of authority in the community.
Whale bone is quite porous and will absorb body oils. It will take on a golden colour over time. Local belief would say that the pendant absorbs the wearer's mana (spirit), and becomes a part of you.
We deliver this pendant on a hand plaited, adjustable cord and will include our 'Kia Ora' card, which explains the meaning behind the hook design.
For Sale in New Zealand Only
Meaning: Prosperity ~ Abundance ~ Fertility
Artist: Alex Sands
Cord: Kalahari Cord with a Manuka Green Popper; Length: Adjustable
Size: 59mm (2.3") long; 25mm (0.9") wide