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MOANA'S LOVE - matau pendant hand carved from whale bone. A beautiful, finely carved piece, light and graceful. This is a wonderful matau - perfect if you'd like something physically small, but visually powerful. A great travelling companion! This is a slender, handcarved whalebone pendant. It is a pale honey colour and the bone has the characteristic pitted look that is typical of whalebone. The cord is a navy blue colour and is length adjustable. The binding on the top of the hook is a bright blue colour.

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

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.

MOANA'S LOVE will develop further character through wearing. The bone will absorb body oils and change in colour and texture, becoming golden and smooth.

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 a hand plaited Maui Navy Blue coloured, adjustable cord.

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

Meaning: Prosperity ~ Abundance ~ Fertility

Artist: Alex Sands Studio

Material: Whalebone

Cord Colour: Maui Navy Blue cord with Paradise Blue Floret and Binding

Cord Length: Adjustable

Size: 60mm (2.3") long; 20mm (0.7") wide

Worldwide shipping is free. All International deliveries over $NZ150 are made using an Express Courier service. Packages with a value up to NZ$150 will be shipped using an International Airmail service. Express Courier Packages are tracked. Please visit our 'Shipping Information' page for delivery times to your country. Under some circumstances we are happy to accept an item back for a replacement or refund. Please visit our 'Returns' page for specific information about this.