Tim Steel – Hei Matau (56mm #70-30 As)


Tim Steel – Hei Matau (56mm #70-30 As)

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Tim Steel

Hei Matau (fish hook pendant)
NZ greenstone/pounamu, blue waxed cord
56 mm diameter x 5mm
As dec22 #70-30
NZD $594

Traditionally, the fisherman was regarded with an honoured status. His responsibility as a provider earned him great respect from the iwi (tribe). The
symbol of the fish-hook was often related to character qualities such as determination and strength. Fishing provided a large part of kai moana or food from the sea. However, it was also important for trade. Contemporary fish-hook’s do not have the practical application they once did, and are now decorative versions for wearing. It is believed that the hei matau and many other fish-like amulets more common in the south may have been worn as talismans during fishing expeditions. The Hei Matau signifies abundance, strength and determination, it brings peace, prosperity and good health and a device for catching good luck and positive energy. It is also believed by many to provide safe journey over water.

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