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Manaia

Jade

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Matthew Thornton Mātanga Whakairo
Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Ruapani
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57mm x 12mm
4331MT
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Carved in varying shapes and sizes but stylising the human form. The manaia is predominently used as a design element to embelish larger carvings. There are many different interpretations about this form in Māori tradition, some believe the manaia is a half profile representation while others believe it is a representation of a seahorse - also called 'manaia' in Māori language.