A hand crafted Maori style Manaia Matau necklace carved in rare flower Jade by Dean Hetherington
This extraordinary carving can be worn as a necklace or you can slip the cord off and have it as a piece of touch art resting on its traditional style woven presentation pouch on a desktop or table. It has an amazing aura of power and is a pleasure to touch and explore.
It includes a platted waxed braid cord with hand carved jade toggle, a traditional woven presentation case and a detailed description of the meaning of the carving.
105mm Wide (4.2 Inches)
10mm thick (0.4 Inch) and 130 grams (4.6 oz)
This is a very unique one off custom piece so it will be removed from our gallery permanently when sold.
A Manaia of this quality and size is a very rare find so is a true collectors piece
The Manaia is a spiritual guardian and often combined with other forms such as the hook.
The Maori people were great mariners and fishermen so the Matau is therefore one of the most powerful symbols used in Maori culture as it represents prosperity, abundance and fertility.
The wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life.