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Aotea Manaia form pendant - SOLD


A hand crafted manaia form pendant carved in Aotea jade. Here are some words from the artist about the type of stone, its meaning and symbolism within the Māori world; Aotea is an exceptionally vibrant stone that can show colours of Blue, green,white and black.
A story I remember about Aotea is that it was the Gift Rūaumoko gave to Rangi (Sky), Papa (Earth) and Tangaroa (Ocean). The intention of this gift was to bring peace to this unsettled world. Aotea is only found in New Zealand and is prized by the people of Kāti Mahaki/ Makaawhio.

The meanings that can be given to the term Manaia are broad. Usually they are seen holding and connecting parts of a carving together. Some say Manaia translates as Mana Ia/ S/he with mana. Some say Manaia are a bird/fish/human type creature of Myth. Some hold an ancestor called Manaia to be the origin. I went to Rarotonga and saw a Waka being carved. Seahorses with tails wrapped around one gunnel and beaks wrapped around another drew my attention. “What’s this seahorse here for”? I asked. “It’s a manaia, they act as a connection point”. A seahorse, so small, so quiet, so perfectly exquisite in its ability to remain connected. 

It also includes a presentation case and a detailed description of the meaning of the carving.

50mm x 45 mm Long (1.95 x 1.8 Inches)
Includes free shipping worldwide.   

This piece also comes with a presentation box, depicted in the second picture.

This is a one of a kind piece so will be removed from our gallery permanently when sold.    

A Wheku is a carved wooden figure that represents an ancestral spirit in Māori culture. It is typically placed at the apex of the gable on the front of a meeting house, symbolizing the guardianship and protection of the ancestors over the people inside.

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