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Manaia wood carvings.

Manaia wood carvings.
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Manaia wood carving. Only one available.
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Manaia wood carving.

Spiritual Guardian, Provider, Protector over the air, waters and land.

The manaia is a supernatural being, an iwi guardian, to ward of danger, to frighten away intruders. The manaia is a bird-like figure, a spiritual and mythical creature. Some manaia were grotesque bird-like figures, others were almost human, but always with fierce facial expressions. The manaia is traditionally depicted with the head of a bird (sky), the body of a man (earth), and the tail of a fish (sea).

Little is known about the true significance of specific designs, but there are certain common elements. The figures are usually depicted in side profile - part in the spiritual world, part in this.

There are three fingers and three toes or claws on each limb, and the designs are serpentine, producing flowing lines.

  • Only one available.
    Size: 82mmx33mm (3.23"x1.30") - all wood carvings are carved on both sides.

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