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These two WHIMSY matau pendants are hand carved from whale bone. The matau is a traditional shape reflecting the sea-faring traditions of Pacific People. These pieces are a great example of the beauty of this design, particularly when carved in nice tight-grained whalebone - very primal. These are carved from bone recovered from a beached Sperm whale.

We have two of these in a similar design, but with different bindings - please use the dropdown menu to select the piece that you would like. Use the cord colour as a guide.

The hook has long been worn as a decorative piece of jewellery. It is a symbol of prosperity and is believed to protect the wearer when travelling - especially over water.

These are impressive, authentic carvings which will develop further character through wearing.

The Hook:  The wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life - what a lovely sentiment to gift to someone important to you.

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 becomes a part of you.

We deliver this pendant on either a hand plaited Paradise Blue/Kalahari coloured, adjustable cord or Black/tan - Please use the drop-down menu to make your selection. 

Also provided, our 'Kia Ora Cards' explaining the meaning behind the hook design.

Meaning: Prosperity ~ Abundance ~ Fertility

Artist: Alex Sands

Material: Whalebone

Cord: Paradise Blue/Kalahari cord with Pale Honey Binding or Black/Tan Cord with Black Binding; Length: Adjustable

Size: 63mm (2.5") long; 26mm (1") wide

$217.00 NZD
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