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Abalone with Historic Maori Fishing Hooks

by Patricia Howitt

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Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.

The Maori settlers made fishing hooks out of bone, sometimes mounted on wooden lures faced with flashing abalone shell and adorned with a tails made of feathers. Fishing lines and lashings were made from the fibers of the flax plant (Phormium tenax), one of the strongest natural fibers in the world, also used for making ropes and woven cloaks, skirts, mats, and wall decorations.

It has been said of NZ flax, "It is totally unlike the Flax-plant known to Europeans, though the two may be compared in the strength and usefulness of their fibres. The farmer is never in want of a piece of twine with a flax bush growing near his home. He has merely to take one of the long leaves, and tear a strip from it, and he holds in his hand a piece of string that it is almost impossible to break."
Laing and Blackwell - Plants of New Zealand.

The coloring of the New Zealand Abalone or Paua (Haliotis iris), endemic to the cool waters of the South Pacific around Aotearoa, is unique. Acrylic on board. Paua, New Zealand abalone, fishing, hooks, matau, ika, hi ika, muka.
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Ammar ZABOUN commented on August 11, 2012 8:49pm
very nice !! well done Patricia!!
Eugenia Loli commented on August 12, 2012 12:03am
Nice!
meme commented on August 12, 2012 9:41am
beautiful
GaleStorm Artworks commented on August 12, 2012 10:26am
awesome depiction of heritage and culture! xo
Ben Geiger commented on August 12, 2012 10:56am
wonderful!
Peaky40 commented on August 12, 2012 11:14am
Wonderful work Patricia!
Megstuff commented on August 12, 2012 1:21pm
Beautiful!
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on August 13, 2012 3:49am
Beautiful desing, Patricia! A great narrative too :))
dvdesign commented on August 13, 2012 7:48am
great work & style well done lady!
Michael Hammond commented on August 13, 2012 10:30am
Very nicely done!
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on August 14, 2012 9:16am
✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ 👍 !!!
Patricia Howitt commented on August 14, 2012 3:42pm
My apologies everyone - I have been a bit distracted since last week's announcement of the book award. I have to make arrangements to travel to Auckland for ceremony on 24th August - well at least it's not Wellington ;-)). Ammar - thank you so much!
Patricia Howitt commented on August 14, 2012 3:42pm
I really appreciate your comment, Eugenia!!
Patricia Howitt commented on August 14, 2012 3:43pm
Meme - thank you for your great comment!
Patricia Howitt commented on August 14, 2012 3:44pm
Gale - thank you. So glad you like this!
Patricia Howitt commented on August 14, 2012 3:45pm
Ben - thanks a ton, my friend!
Patricia Howitt commented on August 14, 2012 3:46pm
Thank you so much Roy - am delighted you like this!
Patricia Howitt commented on August 14, 2012 3:49pm
Thank you Megstuff - I'm honored!
Patricia Howitt commented on August 14, 2012 3:50pm
Chris - thanks mate, am so glad this appeals to you!
Patricia Howitt commented on August 14, 2012 3:51pm
Diego - many thanks, much appreciated indeed!
Patricia Howitt commented on August 14, 2012 3:53pm
Thank you so much Michael - really appreciate this comment.
Patricia Howitt commented on August 14, 2012 3:54pm
Wayne - thank you for your support - as always :-)) :-)).
Valerie Anne Kelly commented on August 14, 2012 11:34pm
Beautiful Patricia ;~} Valz ♥
ALLY COXON commented on August 15, 2012 12:19am
Lovely work
Patricia Howitt commented on August 15, 2012 12:53pm
Thank you so much for your kind comments, Val and Ally!
Carina Povarchik commented on August 19, 2012 7:03am
cool!
Helen Syron commented on November 27, 2012 11:29pm
There's something about paua - love it!