Freestanding Manaia Wood Carving with Paua Eyes.
Manaia The Manaia is a supernatural being depicted with the head of a bird, the body of a man and the tail of a fish, representing sky, earth and sea. It has the role of a guardian or messenger from the heavens. The more manaia there are on a carving the more tapu (sacred) it becomes. Manaia can be found on vessels, weapons and ornaments.
Approx: 45cm tall.
Made in New Zealand
As each piece is individually carved there will be some minor variations in colour, size and detail.
Over the last 50 years Wood Masters Ltd has diversified from furniture making to producing high class wooden souvenirs and 21st keys here in Rotorua. We have successfully combined Whakairo (the Art of Maori Carving) with fine European craftsmanship to represent New Zealand’s unique cultural heritage in our high quality work, using locally trained carvers with traditional techniques alongside other expert woodworkers with different technical skills. Our concern for the environment and a sense of Kaitiakitanga (stewardship) guides us in the careful selection of renewable timbers and careful handling of waste products.
Please note: This product is also being sold in our physical shop. As much as we try to keep stock up to date on our website, we may get it wrong. If we are out of stock we will either get it in for you or refund you. If you would like to check before purchasing that we have it available, please call us on 04-380 9689.