Matau: Deer Coronet

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. This contemporary design explores a slightly different flow with the curves and texture adding a very unique dimension to the carving. The texture across the bottom of the design is very very interesting with deep grooves and rich colors.

This carving is from a Deer button or coronet, the material is collected when the antlers are naturally shed. The buttons that I am using are collected from Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island) and are typically from a Red deer.

 

Material: Deer Coronet (Button)
Type:  One-of-a-kind
Size:  3.1 inches tall

Price: $ 175.00

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