Kahurangi Greenstone Hei Matau Fish Hook Pendant
Kahurangi Greenstone Hei Matau Fish Hook PendantThis magnificent pure sculptural form is abstracted from the shape of a Maori fishhook or matau. It refers to the fabulous fishhook of the demigod Maui with which he fished up the North Island of New Zealand. The Hei matau is a symbol of strength, determination, peace, prosperity and good health. It is also said that the hei matau protects the wearer when travelling especially over water.
This pendant is carved from Kahurangi greenstone / Pounamu. A highly translucent, lightish green shade, free from dark spots and other flaws. One of the rarest varieties, held in high esteem by the Maori. Greenstone is regarded as the stone of the gods by the Maori of New Zealand. It is refered to as a Taonga, treasured thing, and it should be worn with respect and pride, it should be given with love.
This piece is a one off unique piece and will not be available again.
New Zealand greenstone
When the first white settlers arrived on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand they found that the maoris were using tough, hard and very beautiful green stone to make war weapons, cutting and carving tools and articles for personal adornment.
The Maori called the stone Pounamu, which liberally translated means Green Stone, The settlers ignorant of the fact that the stone was in fact nephrite Jade, put the two words together and gave it the distinctive name - Greenstone and it is still known in New Zealand by this name.
With over 40 years experience in sourcing and handcrafting New Zealand Greenstone, Deane Moreton of Moreton Jewellery is one of New Zealand's leading experts.
The piece measures 50mm (2 inches) long by 30mm (1.2 inch) wide. It comes with a black adjustable cord, attractive kete flax pouch and meaning card.
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Category : Greenstone Fish hooks (Hei Matau) Pendants
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