Matau is the Polynesian word for fish hook. A few thousand years ago, the inhabitants of the western edges of Southeast Asia set out on a journey to seek their own land, They would not have journeyed without the fish hook, or there would no survival in the centuries to come. The many generations of Polynesians who kept their familes alive by fishing for food, used various substances such as shells, whale bones, human bones and wood to carve their hooks, creating many differnt styles for catching specific kinds of fish.
Artist Kele Hayward, after doing extensive research, focused his creative abilities on recreating some of the ancient hooks which now reside in museums around the world. They are mounted in a custom-made display frame made of koa.
11.5"W x 8"H x 2.5"D