Te matau a Maui – the fishhook of Maui
Carved fishhook artwork crafted from 40,000 year old (estimate) New Zealand Kauri and mounted on an eye catching background with koru design that really makes the artwork pop! Also comes with related story at the back.
In pre-European times the Maori fisherman held an honoured status within the tribe based on his ability to create his own fishhooks out of wood, bone, shell and flax fibre.
- Overall size: 126mm x 161mm x 26mm (4.96″ x 6.34″ x 1.02″)
- comes with wall mount
- description at the back of the frame
Matau – fish hook
The fishhook (matau) represents strength, prosperity, abundance, fertility and respect for the sea. It is regarded as a symbol of power and authority bringing good luck and saftey when traveling over water.
Te Ika-a-Maui (the fish of Maui), more commonly known as the North Island of Aotearoa (New Zealand) had arisen in the South Pacific Ocean. Te Waka a Maui (the canoe of Maui) is known as the South Island and Stewart Island is Te Punga a Maui (Maui’s anchor).
Source: Mike Calton – Maori artist