Hei Matau with Manaia – Cured Bone

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 carving incorporates a Manaia form which reflects spiritual guardianship.

This particular carving has an amazing color tone. The bone has flecks of color that make it very different from the traditional white of cow bone. The color is all natural and has developed from the natural aging process of the material. **The carving in this picture has recently sold. However, I will be posting a photo of the new carving soon. The new carving will be the same design, but will have slightly different coloring.


Material:  Cow bone
Type:  Made-to-order
Size:  2.1 inches tall

Price: $ 95.00

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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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