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Kawakawa Greenstone Traditional Hei Matau Fish Hook Pendant by Ngai Tahu

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Kawakawa Greenstone Traditional Hei Matau Fish Hook Pendant by Ngai Tahu

A truly beautiful pendant of New Zealand Kawakawa Pounamu / greenstone. The pendant is in the style of the traditional Maori fish hook or hei matau. The Fish Hook is known to the Maori as the Hei Matau. It was worn by Maori fishermen on fishing trips as talismans to protect them. Originally the hei matau was a tool, an actual fishing hook, used to fish. It was kept safe by wearing the tool around the neck, the fish hooks were traditionally made from greenstone or bone. In a spiritual sense the fish hook or hei matau represents strength, determination, peace, prosperity and good health.

This pendant is carved from Kawakawa greenstone / Pounamu, Kawakawa is the Kawakawa variety that is olive green. The word literally means the leaf of the Kawakawa tree. This pounamu is the most highly prized by Maori people.

This fish hook is a one off unique piece and has it's own individual code to trace it's history and will not be available again.

Authentic greenstone
Every piece of pounamu has a story. With these pieces you can find out yours. Ngai Tahu, the kaitiaki (guardians) of New Zealand greenstone, have developed a system for verifying the authenticity of every Pounamu item they carve.

Along with this pendant you will be given a unique code which you can enter on a special site online and find out about this pendant's source, stone and region, it's whakapapa (history & genealogy), and about the artist that carved it.

By buying this authentic Ngai Tahu Pounamu piece, you can be sure that you are buying genuine New Zealand jade (rather than imported or black market Jade). It also guarantees that the Pounamu has been extracted by legitimate means, and treated using appropriate cultural values.

Carved by: The Waewae Pounamu Heritage Centre

Length/Height: 62mm (2.44 inches)

Width: 30mm (1.18 inches)

This pendant comes in an attractive presentation box, it is hung on a waxed black full adjustable cord, a meaning card and also a unique code which can be entered online so you can view the history and story of this actual piece.


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