Our hei matau genuine greenstone carving in the shape of a highly stylised fish hook. It represents strength, good luck and safe travel across water.
The fish-hook shape of the hei matau finds its origins in Maori legend, which holds that the North Island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner Maui using only a woven line and a hook made from the jawbone of his grandmother. Legend holds that the shape of the Hawkes’ Bay is that of the hei matau, which caught in the fish’s side on the beach. The Maori name for the North island, Te Ika a Maui (“The fish of Maui”) reflects this legend.
For the Maori, the hei matau is taonga (a cultural treasure). It represents not only their land, but also prosperity, fertility and safe passage over water. They also denote the importance of fishing to Maori, and their relationship to Tangaroa god of the sea.
This unique and beautiful piece of genuine New Zealand Greenstone or Pounamu as the Maori have named it, has been hand carved and then polished to a high shine finish and would most definitely be a prized treasure for anyone who may receive it.
- Pounamu NZ Nephrite Jade
- Approximate measurements: 18mm x 34mm
- Gender: unisex
- Supplied with an adjustable cord. Authenticity Certificate included. Jewellery box included