This piece is a stylised freefrom with unique bird beak around the top on the RHS and with gentle concave curves on the other side, adding multiple facets. The whole pendant is hollowed out at the back, giving it an overall convex shape. The piece also exhibits a large hourglass hole to accommodate a braided cord. The Maori symbols or meaning for Hei-Matau more commonly known as the fish hook symbolizes prosperity.
Maori use fish in many of their traditional food dishes. Fish were so plentiful to the Maori that the simple ownership of a fish hook meant prosperity.The Hei-Matau (fish hook) also represents strength, determination and good health, as well as providing safe journey over water. The manaia is known as a spiritual guardian, and carrier of supernatural powers. Traditionally depicted as a bird like figure with the head of a bird, body of a man and the tail of a fish , acting as a provider and protector over Sky, Earth and Sea. Likened to a bird sitting on your shoulder, looking after ones spirit, and guiding your spirit where it is supposed to go when your time comes. Dimensions: 3 1/2 " X 1 3/8 " X 1/3 or 88 X 35 X 6 - 7mms. Cord: Comes with a thick braided cord with adjustable knots Ready to wear. Des Hetherington is a world renowned senior artist from Hokitika , the greenstone. Such as the Jade Factory and Mountain Jade.
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The seller is "nzgreenstone" and is located in Panania, NSW. This item can be shipped worldwide.