Framed Samoan Hook BRF104
- Pacific Mother of Pearl Shell carved and patterned into Hook
- Samoan Hardwood Carved into Samoan Motif
- Decorated Raw Tapa frames the Hook piece.
- Wooden Framing Tied in traditional seafaring way
- Piece may be Hung on Wall or Stand on flat surface
- Dimensions (Width, Height, Depth): 8 inches x 10 inches
Ancient Mastery of the Sea
The Frame of this piece is notable in that it is made of Samoan Hard wood planks tied in the fashion that the ancient sailing vessels were. So secure and seamless were the wood binding of the ancient sea vessels that the First Samoans were able to build countless sea faring vessels of different sizes for different use – whether specifically for hunting, for transporting food and people short distances or for long voyages, the mastery of vessel construction given the limited resources is a testament to Pacific Ingenuity.
Hook of Life
Samoan and pacific Sea hunters in the past never used fish bait on their lures. They used a hook made out of shell, bone and wood varieties. And the gleam and lustre of the shell face was counted on to attract the fish. Carving Shell is a meticulous and difficult practice that was only mastered over years of practise. However the skill was important to the survival of the aiga or family.
An Honorary Gift of Luck and Good Fortune
A framed hook and its gifting represent good fortune and luck. And give blessings to the voyager on their long journeys.