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Contemporary Maori art. Medium framed Maori tiki carving, wheku carving and manaia carving.

Contemporary Maori art. Medium framed Maori tiki carving, wheku carving and manaia carving.
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Medium framed Maori carvings (tiki, wheku and manaia. Contemporary Maori art.
US$97.77
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Aeon Giftware's premium artwork, embodying the three largest and most popular of their Maori designs; the Tiki, the Wheku & the Manaia. Each is crafted from plantation grown gaboon using laser technology and boasts super fine detail & Paua inlay. The artwork pieces are mounted on a lightly toned koru background with black matt board surround in a custom glass covered shadow box frame with related story to back.

Each artwork is signed by the artist and included on the back is his bio, along with detailed artwork meanings and mythology for each element.
 
  • Overall size: 282mm x 163mm x 25mm (11.10"x6.42"x0.98")
  • description at the back of the frame

Hei Tiki

Hei means 'to wear around the neck', Tiki means 'first man.

Contemporary Maori art, Maori design, crafted from plantation grown gaboon using laser technology. This piece of art boasts super fine detail, paua inlay and is mounted on an earth toned background inside a custom glass covered shadow box frame. Each piece is individually signed by our Maori artist Mike Carlton and comes complete with wall mount and related story to back.

The origins of 'Tiki' are uncertain but throughout Maoridom he is acknowledged as the first man and that he came from the stars. he is sometimes depicted as an amphibious person with large fishloke eyes and webbed feet and considered the teacher of all things.

In some accounts of ancient Maori folklore 'Tiki' was the first man created by 'Tane' (God of the Forests and Men). ; Tiki' formed woman from the earth after admiring his own reflection in the water.

"Hei Tiki" were regarded as precious taonga (treasures) and were predominantly carved from pounamu (greenstone). It is thought that the diverse forms of "Tiki" were the result of the carver being constrained by the shape of his stone as it was extremely hard and difficult to shape with primitive grinding tools.

"Hei Tiki" had spiritual significance to Maori. They were passed down from generation to generation and it was believed that they acquired the importance and power (mana) of each of the passed tipuna (ancestors) to have worn it.

The colonising Europeans assumed the "Hei Tiki" worn as a pendant by Maori women was primarily a fertility symbol and they became sought after as a valuable trading commodity.

Wheku

Wheku means 'carved face'

Contemporary Maori art, Maori design, crafted from plantation grown gaboon using laser technology. This piece of art boasts super fine detail, paua inlay and is mounted on an earth toned background inside a custom glass covered shadow box frame. Each piece is individually signed by our Maori artist Mike Carlton and comes complete with wall mount and related story to back.

It is important to note that the figures in Maori carving, with rare exeptions, are not religious, but secular. They do not represent idols, but renowned tipuna (ancestors) of the iwi (tribe).

the Wheku as found at he apex of the gable on the front of a large carved house, symbolises an important ancestor after who the house was named. The house itself represents his body. The sloping bargeboards being his maihi (arms), the heke (rafters) being his ribs and the inside being his poho (stomach or bosom).

The head is usually represented on its own with no part of the body visible. In old houses it is actually carved on the projecting end of the tahuhu (ridgepole), and the body of the figure will be seen on the ridgepole.

There are many tribal variations in how the head is represented. The three main styles of head in Maori carving are: the wheku, the koruru, and the ruru, each distinguished by the shape around the eyes.

Te Manaia

The manaia is a spiritual guardian.

Contemporary Maori art, Maori design, crafted from plantation grown gaboon using laser technology. This piece of art boasts super fine detail, paua inlay and is mounted on an earth toned background inside a custom glass covered shadow box frame. Each piece is individually signed by our Maori artist Mike Carlton and comes complete with wall mount and related story to back.

The manaia is a guardian spirit (a supernatural being) and plays an important role in the Maori world. To the Maori every person on Earth has a Guardian Spirit which can be described as an unseen light surrounding each individual.

During life this guardian is a protector from evil and untimely accident. At death the guardian guides the spirit of the departed person safely to a spiritual doorway where it is re-united with the ancestors from the ancient homeland of Hawaiki.

Te Manaia (the manaia) are usually depicted in side profile, symbolising their role as messengers (ie. part in the spirit world and part in the earthly world).

They normally have the had of a bird (sky) the body of a man (earth) and the tail of a fish (sea) symbolic of the balance they have between the realms.

The three fingers and toes have varied tribal meanings. To some they represent birth, life and death. to others they represent the three baskets of knowledge and yet to others faith, hope and love.

Sometimes Te Manaia is depicted with a fourth finger, symbolising the afterlife.

Source: Mike Calton - Maori artist

Please note this is the medium artwork. Photos to be added.

 

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