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Andrew Doughty is a New Zealand based Bone and Stone carver and artist. Each carving is handcrafted with love. His wish is to create carvings that communicate peace and hope.

Matau - Pā - Lure series - hōhonu - to be deep, esoteric & profound

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Matau - Pā - Lure series - hōhonu - to be deep, esoteric & profound


Matau - Pā - Lure series - hōhonu - to be deep, esoteric & profound

195.00 240.00

Dear friend, Kia Ora

This Matau, (fish hook) is called hōhonu which means to be deep, esoteric & profound. It is part of the Pā (Lure) series of Matau.

The fish hook signifies abundance, nourishment, and strength. As such it attracts the energies of protection, peace, prosperity, and good health. A fishhook is a symbol that provides safe journey over water. Therefore, it is considered a good luck charm by travellers and seafarers.

The ocean surrounds New Zealand. On our land, there is a whole lot more water in our freshwater lakes and rivers. Therefore, fishing was very important to the Māori. Kai moana (fish and shellfish from the sea) played a very key role in nourishing the people. As such, they were keen to please the God of the sea (Tangaroa) and other Gods, so to attract an abundant catch. They did this through prayer and other rituals and with blessed Talismans such as the Hei Matau (fish hook). As such, certain protocol was common such as returning the first fish of their catch to the sea.

Given the importance of the sea to Māori, it is easy to see why fishing was a sacred activity. Thus, the evolvement and development of various hooks was prevalent within Maori culture. Thousands of years ago, the ancestors of Māori journeyed out of South-East Asia and into the Pacific. They sailed in waka (canoes), and were some of the world's greatest canoe builders, navigators and mariners. Their ability to 'see beyond' the horizon was legendary.

As such, the Matau is symbolic of navigating our own lives with wisdom and insight. This is attained through spiritual development. The hole represents looking and going ‘within’ to find all the answers we desire. Generally, as this pendant hangs around our neck, the hole is located at our heart level, indicating that we can look deep into our heart for the answers.

The design on the front also has significance. It represents the ability to attract fish and therefore be able to nourish oneself and whanau (family). Pāua shell was often incorporated into bone hooks to act as a lure. Thus, one who is skilled with the lure is the shepherd who provide nourishment their loved ones. This is a metaphor for cherishing others.

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The carving comes with a four-plait cord which features a fully adjustable slip knot system to enable to a perfect fit around any size neck. It also comes with an officially signed certificate of authenticity and has been registered in my database of work.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the carving and over time come to fully understand all the various layers of meaning imbued in this creation. I wish you and your family the deepest peace and happiness.

Andrew Doughty

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