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 how the curves are combined.

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 the South Island and are typically from a Red deer. The color is very different on each side of the carving which adds to the unique nature of this material.

 

 

Material: Deer Coronet (Button)
Type:  One-of-a-kind
Size:  2.5 inches tall

Price: $ 135.00

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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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