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MANAAKITANGA TE KAHA O TE ATAWHAI : to care for others through the strength of kindness

We are absolutely delighted to have this outstanding piece available. MANAAKITANGA TE KAHA O TE ATAWHAI is a large and beautifully carved piece of jewellery. parts very traditional, and with some wonderful personal touches from the artist. 

The jade used for this carving is New Zealand Kawakawa pounamu which is the strongest and darkest of the stones and contains some black flecks that bring a notable character. It's named after the native Kawakawa plant which was traditionally used for its culinary and medicinal properties. This symbolises strength of the great protector. If you shine light through this pounamu you can see the wonderful translucently of this Taonga. It also contains some weka's blood (not literally), but rather the red flecks and aspects that are also illuminated when a light is shone through the stone. This makes the stone even more special. Jade with these red veins is called 'totoweka' - the blood of the weka.

This is a beautiful piece, carved with a great deal of care and thought. The artist describes it's meaning as follows...

Within this pounamu aspect of the taonga there is a bird like form emerging. At one level it symbolises the availability of the peace of the transcendent one. A reaching out from ourselves towards the peace giver. The cord represents the holding on. At another level, it symbolises new beginnings. Like the phoenix arising from the ashes, renewed and ascending towards the heavens.

The bone contains the image of a Manaia. This represents our spiritual nature. This is where our true nourishment is located.

On the front there are seven korus within the kowhaiwhai patterns. This represents wholeness. From the state of wholeness, we are made strong.

The tongue protruding at the front indicates that the Manaia also functions as spiritual messengers likened to the angles of old.

The materials used are a blend of New Zealand Kawakawa Pounamu (Jade), Bone, Pāua Shell and Brass.

Artist: Andrew Doughty

Material: New Zealand Kawakawa Pounamu, Bone, Pāua Shell and Brass

Cord Colour: Black

Cord Length: Adjustable

Size: 113mm (4.4") long; 38mm (1.5") wide

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