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British Columbia Nephrite Jade Carved Maori Hei-Matau Necklace


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  • Model: NJM10005
  • Shipping Weight: 0.125lbs


British Columbia Nephrite Jade Carved Maori Hei-Matau Extendable Necklace

The pre-European Maori had no written language so tribal history and the stories of the gods were kept using many forms of fine arts and crafts ranging from basket and cloth weaving to complex wood, bone, shell and jade carving. These artifacts were then handed down through generations of tribal elders and became sacred objects or treasures "Taonga", telling the history of a tribe and taking on the spirits of past great leaders and warriors who had worn them.

These very stylized fish hooks represent strength, prosperity,abundance, fertility and a great respect for the sea. It also is said to provide good luck and safety when traveling over water so is often worn by travelers. Hei-Matau are also symbols of power and authority which are held in great reverence by the Maori people.

They were used as a practical tool for fishing and were often decorated as a sign of respect for the creatures of the sea. 

Measurements:  50x30x5MM

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 14 September, 2015.

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