Pounamu Manaia

If you are looking for a pounamu manaia that is unique and beautiful then this is the one for you.  This manaia is carved with different faces on each side, male and female qualities blended to create balance.  In a gorgeous deep green tangiwai this taonga exudes class and strength. Furthermore, the speckled tone of this pounamu gives it the feel of life and movement.   Manaia are guardians and guides holding a place of great significance in Māori carving and culture(read more of their meaning below).  Our pounamu manaia are always one-of-a-kind. We usually only carve pounamu manaia to order so if you are looking for that special taonga get in quick.

80mm Length from tip to tail

The Story

Manaia are mythological creatures that are messengers between the realm of mortals and the spiritual world.  Manaia are guardians as well as bringers of omens. Wearing one is believed to protect the wearer from evil and connect you with the spirit world.  With the head of a bird, tail of a sea creature and body of a human they bring balance between the sky, earth and sea.


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