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Bone Heru Huia Feather Brown - Extra Large

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Introducing our enchanting Bone Heru depicting the Huia Feather, a mesmerizing hair comb that pays homage to the majestic Huia bird and embodies the beauty of Māori culture. Hand carved from genuine beef bone, this heru features a stunning design inspired by the elegant Huia feather. 

The Huia Feather Bone Heru is more than just a hair comb. It is a tribute to the rich heritage of Māori culture and the preservation of the Huia bird's memory. It serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting and honoring the natural world around us.

Size (mm): Approximately 195 L x 34 W. 

The Heru

The heru holds cultural significance for the Māori people and was traditionally worn in their hair for both practical and symbolic reasons.

  1. Practical Use: The heru served as a functional tool for styling and managing hair. Māori women, who often had long and thick hair, used the heru to comb and arrange their locks into intricate hairstyles. The heru's wide teeth helped to detangle and control the hair, making it easier to maintain.

  2. Cultural Symbolism: Beyond its practical use, the heru carried symbolic meaning for the Māori people. It represented the status and mana (prestige) of the wearer, particularly for women of high rank or those engaged in significant ceremonies. Wearing a heru reflected a connection to ancestral heritage, cultural identity, and social standing.

  3. Spiritual Significance: In Māori culture, the hair is considered a sacred part of a person's being, believed to retain their spiritual essence or mauri. The heru was seen as a way to honor and protect this spiritual connection. By wearing a heru, individuals were acknowledging their spiritual roots and maintaining a connection to their ancestors.

  4. Artistic Expression: The heru also served as a form of artistic expression. These combs were often beautifully carved from bone, wood, or other materials, showcasing intricate designs and patterns. Each heru was a unique work of art, reflecting the craftsmanship and creativity of Māori artisans.

Today, the heru continues to be appreciated for its cultural significance and aesthetic appeal. It is worn during special occasions, cultural events, and as a personal statement of Maori identity and pride. The heru serves as a tangible link to Māori heritage, carrying forward the traditions and values of the past into the present

The Huia Bird

The Huia bird holds deep cultural significance for the Māori people, representing spirituality, leadership, and the connection to the natural world. By wearing this heru, you adorn yourself with the grace and symbolism of this revered bird.