Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Hei Matau • Fish Hook Pendant


  • Medium: whalebone, pāua (New Zealand abalone), ebony
  • Size: 3.5 × 1.5 inches
  • Reference Code: NZ130523

This piece is dedicated to a benevolent Taniwha by the name of Aromanga.

Aromanga was favoured because he would chase large shoals of fish up the river mouth to the waiting nets and therefore ensuring a good catch. The three eyes represent Mauri (talisman) stones, used by tohunga (shaman) to evoke favourable energy.

David Taylor

David Taylor


Taranaki Tuturuu, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi

(1963- )

I was born in Palmerston North and spent my formative years growing up in Auckland. I am now living in Whangarei (North Auckland) with my wife and two children.