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KIA MAU - Firm Hold

A wonderful, traditional matau pendant carved in a relatively rare piece of New Zealand Jade - Hāpopo pounamu. A beautifully designed, and carved piece by Rueben Tipene.

Rueben has finished the stone in a soft, satin polish. Very appropriate for this pendant because it is a close finish to the way these would have been worked and polished in the very distant past.

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.

A little about this design...

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.

KIA MAU is provided with an adjustable Sage Green/Sahara Tan cord.

Take a look at the video we have made of this piece slowly revolving -  you will appreciate the artistry and the gorgeous engraving in the front face

Also included, our 'Kia ora' card, which explains the meaning behind the hook design.


Meaning:  Prosperity ~ Abundance ~ Protection

Artist: Rueben Tipene

Material: New Zealand Hāpopo Pounamu, Jade

Cord Colour: Sage/Sahara

Cord Length: Adjustable

Size: 76mm (3") long, 43mm (1.7") wide

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