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Maori Style Wooden Manaia Heru

Wooden Manaia Heru

  • $75

A hand crafted wooden Manaia Heru carved by Isikeli Havea.  

Includes a traditional woven presentation case and a detailed description of the meaning of the carving.
It is also supplied with a cord so it can be worn as a pendant or used as a comb.

190mm Long (7.5 Inches)
Includes free shipping worldwide.   

This is a unique piece so will be removed from our gallery permanently when sold.

The Heru is a traditional ornamental Maori style comb. 
They were used by men to fasten their long hair up into topknots. The heru indicated the rank of the wearer.

The Manaia is one of the more ancient mythical beings with a bird's head and a human form. It is said to be the messenger between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of the spirits. The Manaia is regarded as a kind deity protecting the people and helping them communicate with ancestors on the other side.
It is also a holder of great spiritual energy and is a guardian against evil.
The Manaia can be seen blended into many Maori designs such as the Matau (Hook) to depict its different powers and its interaction with the spirit or mortal worlds.

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