Lashed Matau and Manaia

The fishhook is one of the most prevalent symbols used in Maori carving. It is a talisman for strength and prosperity; and is also a good symbol for anyone with an affinity for water. The fishhook is often given as a mark of friendship and respect. It is also traditional to give this carving to someone who is embarking on a journey. I have incorporated a stylized manaia form into this carving. The manaia represents spiritual protection or guardianship.

 

Material:  Cow bone
Type:  Made-to-order
Size:  2.25 inches

Price: $ 115.00

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*All carvings come with an adjustable black cloth cord, finished with bone bead sliders. In addition, each carving comes with a description card explaining its meaning.

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