Beautiful freestanding Maori carvings on a stand 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. Authentic Maori art created by Mike and his team. Very popular gifts. We just LOVE the touch of paua!
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 important 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 – fishhook
The matau represents strength, prosperity, abundance, fertility and respect for the sea. It is regarded as a symbol of power and authority bringing good luck and safety when traveling, especially 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. A spiritual guardian.
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. These small Maori carvings on a stand are a popular gift, also for conferences.
Our most famous kauri tree in New Zealand is the Tane Mahuta. Popular walk to this amazing kauri tree >>
Our artist also creates beautiful large carvings on a stand with paua inlay. These are very popular for 21st birthdays and other special occasions.