Manaia are the kaitiaki (guardian) of the earth, sky, and sea. Worn as a pendant they protect the wearer from harm and are a symbol of status, mana (prestige), and whairawa (wealth).
It is hung by an adjustable, hand platted cord. It has been carved and sanded from kawakawa pounamu from the Rimu river, and inlaid with South Island paua shell.
This piece was carved by Malcolm Cox
Size: 100 x 50 x 8mm