ARATAKINA O TE WAIRUA - Leading of the spirit
Hand carved for us by Andrew Doughty. This is exquisite bone art - a beautifully handcrafted, thoughtful bone carving, made to be worn.
This beautiful Matau is carved from natural stained bone with eyes inlaid in Pāua Shell.
ARATAKINA O TE WAIRUA is perfect for you if you like handcrafted, traditional art to wear, and if you appreciate the finest craftsmanship.
The artist has decorated these pieces with particular carved detail - these have meaning for the design beyond that associated with this style of Manaia. We will let Andrew do the talking...
ARATAKINA O TE WAIRUA as described by Andrew below...
There are many levels of meaning associated to this specific Hei Matau (Fishhook). It has been named Aratakina o te Wairua which translates to Leading of the Spirit. The essence of this taonga communicates that we can be led by the spirit(s) of the world, or by the divine Spirit of the Atua of the universe.
The tail of the Manaia has transformed into a koruru. At one level, this represents the one being guided and carried through life. At another level, it also symbolises the synthesis of wisdom flowing forth into the world. The arms and hands of this figure are seen to be making an offering. This in itself has deep significance. At one level it is an offering to the divine. At another level it is an offering to whānau. To awhi them, tautoko them, offering shelter and support. This also represents the manifestation of a spiritual gift.
The tongue on the Koruru is clear. There is no detailing upon this. On one level it symbolises pure speech and at another level, it emphasises the ability to listen. Stillness. One who can listen deeply is skilful and wise. The main basis of this large Hei Matau consists of the Manaia. In general, a Manaia hook is a symbol of good luck and spiritual protection. The Manaia (or spiritual guardian) is the profile of a Tiki. This is symbolic of being half in this world and half in the spirit world. They are the bearers of messages. They can be likened to representations of Angels.
The fishhook signifies abundance, nourishment, and strength. As such it attracts the energies of peace, prosperity, and good health. A fishhook is a symbol that provides safe journey over water. Therefore, it is considered a good luck charm by travellers and seafarers. At the bottom of the taonga is a Koru. This symbolises a chrysalis, the holding of many potentials. It is the transformation, growth and the opening of inner peace. Within this are the hopes for the future and this forms a solid foundation for the Manaia to “take off” from. The patterns running along the taonga are outward flowing potentials of our innermost being.
The two curved patterns of the bone running down the righthand side of the front carving are showing the coming together of two lineages, or bloodlines. Both ultimately joining to the main body and leg of the Manaia. Additionally, on the back there is a kowhaiwhai pattern running up the inside of the taonga. It represents the flow of life. All things are interconnected. Every decision, every thought, every action. Although you have strong connection to who have those gone before you, it also symbolises that you are indeed your own man. You oversee your own life, decisions, and direction. Free to choose. But never alone. Always supported and loved.
Included in your package is a note of the carving from the artist.
Shipping is included in the price.
We will also include our 'Kia Ora' cards, which explains the meaning behind the design.
Meaning: Guide ~ Protect ~ Communicate
Artist: Andrew Doughty
Material: Natural Bone with Pāua Shell
Cord Colour: Dark Brown
Cord Length: Adjustable
Size: 78mm (3") long; 35mm (1.4") wide