Maori carvings on a stand. Beautiful freestanding Maori carvings carved from New Zealand kauri trees, est. 40,000 years old, with paua inlayed eyes, mounted on a black oval base in a range of Maori figures.
Available Maori designs:
- twist (double twist)
- matau (fishhook)
size small Maori carvings on a stand:
- 65mm (2.56″)
The meaning of Maori carvings:
- Double twist, Miro Porowhita (twisted ring)
Comprising a seamless ring twisted to form two or more adjoining circles. Miro Porowhita is said to represent the circle of life which has no beginning or end and as such is regarded as the symbol of eternity.
- Wheku – carved face
It is imporant to note that the figures in Maori carving, with rare exceptions, are not religious, but secular. They do not represent idols, but renowned tipuna (ancestors) of the iwi (tribe).
- Matau – fish hook
The mata represents strength, prosperity, abundance, fertility and respect for the sea. It is regarded as a symbol of power and authority bringing good luck and saftey when traveling over water.
- Manaia – spiritual guardian
Manaia are important to Maori. During life they are protectors from evil and accident. At death they guide the spirit of the departed home to their ancestors. The manaia is said to protect one from evil.
- Tiki – first man
The origins of tiki are uncertain but throughout Maoridom he is acknowledged as the first man and that he came from the stars. The bearer of this symbol is said to possess great knowledge and strength of character.