Manatee Matau with Manaia

The fishhook is one of the most prevalent symbols used in Maori carving. It is a talisman for strength and prosperity; and is also a good symbol for anyone with an affinity for water. The fishhook is often given as a mark of friendship and respect. It is also traditional to give this carving to someone who is embarking on a journey. This carving incorporates the added element of the Manaia (a stylized bird), with the eye and beak situated at the top of the carving. The Manaia is regarded as a spiritual guardian and represents the flight of the soul through life and beyond. This design is an exploration of the traditional hook form.

Material:  Antique Steller's Sea Cow
Type:  One-of-a-kind
Size: 3.5 inches tall

Price: $ 275.00

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