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HAVAIKI OCEANIC AND TRIBAL ART  |  HANALEI, HI  |  808-826-7606  |  M-SU 10-6


SKU: 15-127b

Hand carved bone fish hook necklace or Maori "Hei-Matau."

Featuring complex traditional bindings with a hand plaited waxed braid cord and carved bone toggle. 


Size: 50mm Long 


The Polynesian people were great mariners and fishermen so the Matau is therefore one of the most powerful symbols used in Poynesian culture as it represents prosperity, abundance and fertility. 


It also is said to provide good luck and safety when traveling over water.  The wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life.


Please note: Natural stained carvings are not color fast in water so do not swim or shower wearing a stained carving.