Size: 150mm x 36mm
This piece represents Spiritual Protector and Strength, and friendship.
The Manaia is an ancient mythical being with a birds head and a human form. It is said to be the messenger between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of the spirits illustrating the strong links the Maori have with spirituality and the spirit world. It is a holder of great spiritual energy and is a guardian against evil. The twist with its crisscross form represents the many paths of life and love. It tells how the strength of bond of friendship, loyalty and love will last forever and the joining of two peoples or cultures bonding together.