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Polynesian
Tiger Sharks
Hei-Matau
Carved Fossil Ivory Sailor's Talisman

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Tiger Sharks
Hei-Matau
Carved Fossil Ivory
Sailor's Talisman

PolynesianTiger SharksHei-MatauCarved Fossil Ivory Sailor's Talisman
Item#T132-TIGERSHARKSHEIMATAU
$135.00
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Fossil Walrus Ivory - $135.00



"The vast Pacific ocean would always remain the islanders' great solace, escape and nourishment, the amniotic fluid that would keep them hedonistic, and aloof, guarded, gentle and mysterious." Francine Du Plessix Gray

The native peoples of the south Pacific, including Hawaii, French Polynesia, New Zealand, etc., are amongst the world's best ocean travellers. For thousands of years they have used the stars in conjunction with the size and direction of ocean waves to navigate the vast open stretches of the Pacific Ocean. Like sailors everywhere, they wore Talismans to keep them safe on the sea.

There is one particular Talisman that is found in much the same style and shape all over the south Pacific; this is the sacred fish hook. Whether it is the Makau fish hook of Hawaii, or the Maori Hei-Matau from the coast of New Zealand, a sacred fish hook represents strength and great respect for the sea. For millenia it has been worn to provide good luck and safety for sailors.

This is the rarest design of the fully carved three dimensional Hei-Matau. Look carefully and you will see two Tiger Sharks (one in positive space, and one in negative space). The Tiger Shark is thought to be one of the Gods of Polynesia.

Choose your fossil ivory from the many choices shown below. (Shown is Fossil Walrus Ivory rust crystalline.) It is fully carved 2 inches high, 3/4 inch wide and 1/4 inch thick. Comes with leather neck thong.

Of course, hand carved in our studio.