Small framed Maori fishhook


Small framed Maori fishhook  carving (hei matau). This beautiful fishhook is carved from swamp kauri that is approximately 40,000 years old. Another beautiful contemporary Maori artwork. Comes with a description at the back of the frame.

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Small framed Maori fishhook. Lovely gift!

Te matau a Maui – the fishhook of Maui

Small framed Maori fishhook artwork crafted from 40,000 year old (estimate) New Zealand Kauri. The fishhook is 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

A very popular design. The fishhook (matau) represents strength, prosperity, abundance, fertility and respect for the sea.Fishhooks are 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

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Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 17 × 13 × 3 cm


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