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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.

The paua shell resembles the beauty that surrounds you, and within oneself to have high self-esteem and awareness of what is happening around you...

  • Only one available.
    Size: 80mmx40mm (3.15"x1.57") - all wood carvings are carved on both sides

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