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This carving measures 1.50" (35mm) in length. A beautifully handcrafted and traditionally bound koru fish hook necklace. Suitable to be worn by a man or woman.
In Maori tradition the fish hook known as 'Hei Matau' represent strength, prosperity, abundance and a great respect for the ocean and marine creatures. It is said to provide protection when traveling, especially over water, so is often worn by travelers as a talisman. Hei Matau are also symbols of power and authority which are held in great reverance by the Maori tribes people of New Zealand. They were used as a practical tool for fishing and were often decorated as a sign of great respect for marine life.
There are many styles of fish hook necklaces worn by the Maori tribes from true hook designs to more ornamental styles which became treasured heirlooms for generations following.
The organic flowing shapes of traditional bone necklaces feel warm against the skin with a smooth polish. Over time the bone will absorb the oils of your skin, the Maori people believe this exchange of oils is the carving receiving the essence of spirit, truly blending to become part of you. In tribal tradition, as the carving is transferred through the generations, it continues to hold the spirit of those who wore it before.
Size: 35mm (1.5 inches) long