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Inanga Flower Pounamu Greenstone Hook - Aokautere
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Inanga Flower Pounamu Greenstone Hook - Aokautere

Inanga Flower Pounamu Greenstone Hook - Aokautere


A magnificent Hei Matau from a stunning piece of Inanga Flower Jade. A beautiful, exquisite carving created from the pure essence of the Inanga Flower Jade and of the highest quality.

Hei Matau (Fishhook) - Originally Maori have been fishermen. Their main food source was the sea, so a fishhook of high quality was a very valuable item to own. The hook became a symbol of prosperity, abundance, good health, power, authority and respect for the sea and its life in it. They also provide good luck and safety while travelling across water.

This a Genuine West Coast Inanga Greenstone from the Arahura River area, West Coast. A grey-green colour. It is either very translucent or quite opaque. Highly prized by the Maori and the desired material for making Mere and Patu. The most prized Greenstone in New Zealand is Flower Jade, Greenstone with pale green or ochre clouds of colour. This distinctive patterning and colouring come from the outside rim or 'rind' of the greenstone boulders or stones where the surface has oxidised.

Carved by Shaun Gardiner


74mm Long x 36mm wide


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