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36 Meadowville Avenue
Christchurch, Canterbury, 8024
New Zealand

+64 27519 0724

Andrew Doughty is a New Zealand based Bone and Stone carver and artist. Each carving is handcrafted with love. His wish is to create carvings that communicate peace and hope.

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Manaia - Homage to the Protector

This stylized Manaia bone carving has many layers of meaning, however, at a basic level it is a spiritual guardian and is an homage to ‘the protector’. Our true protection comes from developing love, wisdom, and compassion. This is symbolised in the markings of the Koru flowing out of the Manaia’s mouth, which represents the growth of these qualities unfolding in our life.

 
 

Manaia - Homage to the Protector



A Manaia is a symbol of good luck and spiritual protection. 

The Manaia, or spiritual guardian, is the profile of a Tiki. This is symbolic of being half in this world and half in the spirit world. Manaia can be adapted with other symbols and stylized to communicate different meaning or show different aspects.

This stylized Manaia has many layers of meaning, however at a basic level it is a spiritual guardian and is an homage to ‘the protector’.

Our true protection comes from developing love, wisdom, and compassion. This is symbolised in the markings of the Koru flowing out of the Manaia’s mouth, which represents the growth of these qualities unfolding in our life.

It also symbolises the internal journey inwards towards peace and enlightenment. The Koru on the inside of the body represent our journey inwards, to discover our true nature. 

The koru symbol is common in New Zealand and is inspired by the unfurling of the new fern fronds. Meanings associated with this are new growth, new beginnings and awakening. 

The eye is an inlay of Paua shell and the pupil in the eyes is an inlay of buffalo horn. This symbolises strength, protection and omniscience.

The pupil that is looking down upon us, is symbolic of our protector’s compassionate care for us. The two ‘prongs’ on the inside arm teach us that we need both love and wisdom in our heart. 

Hei konā rā (goodbye)
Andrew Doughty

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