Inanga Hei Matau Manaia - Greenstone Manaia

Sands Carving Studio


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A personal shield of great power, manaia is the embodiment of mana - the archetypal Maori measurement of worth, respect, and prestige. With ethereal presence and energy, manaia protects the wearer. Manaia: the elemental guardian of earth, sea, and sky.

This manaia is carved from Inanga greenstone, which is the lightest form of pounamu and can be pearly white to grey green,  translucent to opaque.

It is hung by an adjustable black hand platted cord.

Measures 109 x 55 x 6mm.

This piece was hand carved by Yuki Tanaka