The Large Framed Manaia by Aeon Giftware is designed and made in Rotorua. Created using a mix of traditional and modern woodworking techniques, the Large Framed Manaia incorporates contemporary design and traditional Māori symbolism. On the rear of the frame you’ll find information on manaia as symbols, giving background to the practice of Māori carving and culture. The Large Framed Manaia pairs contemporary design with traditional values, making this the perfect corporate or personal gift inspired by Aotearoa’s Māori heritage.
Manaia, or the guardian spirit, in Māori carving serves as a protector from evil. They normally have the head of a bird representing the sky, the body of a man representing earth, and the tail of a fish representing the sea. Together these are symbolic of harmony and balance between spiritual realms.
- Responsibly sourced from recycled kauri and rimu
- Designed and made in Rotorua by a small, passionate team
- Included is background information on the symbols used
- Frame measures 18cm x 22cm
- Comes attractively boxed, ready to give as a gift
Mike Carlton of Aeon Giftware is of Ngati Whakaue and has affiliations to the Hinemoa Point Marae in Rotorua. Inspired by their Māori heritage, the team at Aeon Giftware are passionate about creating works of art which portray the beauty of Māori carving and design. From their workshop in Rotorua they produce high quality artworks using a combination of traditional and modern woodworking techniques.
This piece is part of a larger range of framed artworks from Aeon Giftware.
This product is also available for purchase in store at Wellington Museum.