An incredible Manaia handcrafted from a stunning light piece of Kawakawa Stone. The design of this carving is so unique and a wonderful depiction of the traditional Manaia. This is a true taonga from an expert carver.
The Manaia is a mythological creature in Māori culture, and is a common motif in Māori carving and jewellery. The Manaia is usually depicted as having the head of a bird and the tail of a fish and the body of a man, though it is sometimes depicted as a bird, a serpent, or a human figure in profile. The Manaia is traditionally believed to be the messenger between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of the spirits, and its symbol is used as a guardian against evil.
Genuine West Coast Greenstone – Kawakawa. A dark rich green with varying intermediate shades, named after the leaf of the Kawakawa. It is the main type used in gem purposes.
Hand Carved by Ross Crump
72mm long x 44mm wide
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