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Hei-Matau - Greenstone #25 (Fish Hook)


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Hei-Matau - Greenstone

1.00 W x 2.75 H

Black Wax Cord Lanyard 20" with Greenstone Toggle.

These very stylised fish hooks represent strength, prosperity,abundance, fertility and a great respect for the sea.
It also is said to provide good luck and safety when traveling over water so is often worn by travelers. 
Hei-Matau are also symbols of power and authority which are held in great reverence by the Maori people.
They were used as a practical tool for fishing and were often decorated as a sign of respect for the creatures of the sea. 
There are many styles of Hei-Matau from the true hook designs to the more ornamental styles which became treasured heirlooms for generations following.

Pounamu refers to several types of hard, durable and highly valued nephrite jade found on the south island of New Zealand. Pounamu is the Māori name. These rocks are also generically known as "greenstone" in New Zealand English.

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