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Hand carved bone matau pendant - ONE ONLY
A strong pendant with tons of character. The bone is a creamy white on one side, slightly darker and more gnarley on the other. This piece is beautifully carved - large and visually imposing but also sleek and with cool curves - just like the whale the bone came from.
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 the pendant absorbs the wearer's mana (spirit), and becomes a part of you.
We deliver this pendant on a hand plaited Gingernut coloured cord which is length adjustable. In your package we include one of our 'Kia Ora' cards, which explains the meaning behind the hook design.
For Sale in New Zealand Only
Meaning: Prosperity ~ Abundance ~ Fertility
Artist: Alex Sands
Size: 66mm (2.6") long; 41mm (1.6") wide