ORION - Holder of spiritual energy, and a guardian against evil. The manaia is believed to be a kind spirit - a guardian that helps people communicate with their ancestors.
The Manaia is carved as a standalone piece but also is often seen integrated in other carvings providing a link between designs. There is some evidence that this shape was carved for its decorative merit, particularly in wood carving where it was used to fill spaces and link designs.
This piece is beautifully carved on one side, and is plain on the other - you can reverse it for a different look! Both sides of the Manaia have a pāua shell eye insert. We have bound these in three cord colours so please use the drop-down box to select the piece that you would like.
This is a beautiful bone pendant with Pāua eye inlays. We bind these with an adjustable Ice White, Black or Kalahari braided cord. We will include our 'Kia Ora' card explaining the meaning behind the Manaia design.
Meaning: Guide ~ Protect ~ Communicate
Material: Natural Bone; Pāua Shell
Size: 53mm (2") long; 26mm (1") wide
Cord: Kalahari, Ice White or Black; Length: Adjustable