The fish hook shape of the hei matau finds its origins in Mori legend, which holds that the North Island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner, Maui, using only a woven line and a hook made from the jawbone of his grandmother. The fish hook denotes the importance of fishing to the Maori people of New Zealand and their strong relationship to Tangaroa, the god of the sea. It was originally a practical tool used to catch fish but slowly became ornamental, particularly when Maori began trading with Europeans. The curve of the fishhook, an important and stylised design feature, referencing the traditional shape.
The item "GENUINE NZ GREENSTONE JADE MAORI HEI MATAU HOOK PENDANT" is in sale since Saturday, September 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Ethnic & Tribal Jewellery\Oceanian/ Australasian". The seller is "janebuynow" and is located in Bristol, Bristol. This item can be shipped worldwide.