The Pā Kahawai is a composite trolling lure that was widely used throughout Polynesia to troll for fish. This particular design was specifically made to target the Kahawai - a sea trout commonly found in New Zealand waters. The lure was trailed behind canoes - and was a very successful fishing method.
The fishhook signifies abundance, nourishment and strength. When worn, the matau, or hook, is believed to provide protection - a safe journey over water.
AU FOND is a combination of heart Kauri Root, Deer Antler and Pāua Shell, beautifully combined in this statement piece.
The ocean surrounds New Zealand. On our land, there is a whole lot more water in our freshwater lakes and rivers. Therefore, fishing was very important to Māori. Kai moana (fish and shellfish from the sea) played a very key role in nourishing the people.
AU FOND is beautifully carved and a significant representation of the traditional trolling lure. This piece is made to be worn and enjoyed!
A stunning work of Art to Wear by Fumio Noguchi.
AU FOND is provided on an adjustable black cord.
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Artist: Fumio Noguchi
Material: Deer Antler Bone, Kauri Root and Pāua Shell
Cord Colour: Black
Cord Length: Adjustable
Size: 88mm (3.4") long; 21mm (0.8") at widest point