Hand carved bone matau pendant.
A strong pendant with tons of character. The bone colour ranges from a creamy white to a slightly darker and more gnarley grained appearance. These are beautifully carved pieces - 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, adjustable cord and will include our 'Kia Ora' card, which explains the meaning behind the hook design.
For Sale in New Zealand Only
Meaning: Prosperity ~ Abundance ~ Fertility
Artist: Alex Sands
Cord: Black; Length - Adjustable
Size: 47mm (1.8") long; 33mm (1.3") wide