We have two whalebone hook pendants carved from bone that washed up on our Southern shores. These are medium sized hooks, carved in a slender design producing elegant, earthy pendants.
We have bound one with a Wapiti Brown Cord and a Tan coloured Binding, and the other with a Pale Honey Cord and a soft Pink Binding. The perfect pair for partners perhaps?
Legend has it that New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner Maui using a line of woven plant fibre and a bone hook - so the hook, or matau, is central to our Islands.
These are relatively lightweight pendants, but still visually arresting - a great gift, or something a little different for yourself.
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.
Whale bone is quite porous and will absorb body oils. It will take on a golden colour over time. Local belief would say that in this way, the pendant becomes a part of you.
We deliver these pendants with adjustable cords.
Please use the drop-down menu to select the piece that you would like.
Postage is included in the price, and we will be provide one of our 'Kia Ora Cards' explaining the meaning behind the hook design in your package.
For Sale in New Zealand Only
Meaning: Prosperity ~ Abundance ~ Fertility
Artist: Alex Sands
Cord: Pale Honey Cord with Old Fashioned Pink Binding or Wapiti Brown Cord with Kalahari Binding; Length: Adjustable
Size: 60mm (2.3") long; 25mm (1") wide