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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 - Ara - Arise

This Manaia is called ‘Ara'. Ara is the Māori word for 'arise, to rise up, awake'...

This Manaia is akin to the mythical Phoenix which represents many themes. Commonly though, it is representative of the sun and is a mythical bird that arises from the ashes of its own death.  In Chinese mythology, the phoenix is the symbol of high virtue and grace, of power and prosperity. These themes have been carried into this Manaia.

 
 

Manaia - Ara (Arise)



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's can be adapted with other symbols and stylized to communicate different aspects or meaning.

This Manaia is called ‘Ara (Arise)'. Ara is Maori for 'arise, to rise up, awake'.

This Manaia is akin to the mythical Phoenix which represents many themes. Commonly though, it is representative of the sun and is a mythical bird that arises from the ashes of its own death.  In Chinese mythology, the phoenix is the symbol of high virtue and grace, of power and prosperity. These themes have been carried into this Manaia.

The tips of the wings terminate in five points. These represent the refinement of our 'spiritual' senses as we awaken from our spiritual slumber and rise above the challenges of this life.

The phoenix is immortal. After its death, the phoenix is depicted as arising from the midst of the flames. Every moment we are reborn anew. Although there is a continuum, the person we were yesterday is not the person we are today.  Hence it is also a symbol of strength, determination, and the power to overcome.

 

 

    

 

 

The koru covering the main body of the Manaia depict this. The koru pattern on the inside of the wings of the carving represents the inner wealth of wisdom we each possess. They also are symbolic of a journey of discovery.

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.

Although the phoenix is traditionally a very large creature, It lives on dew, killing nothing and crushing nothing that it touches. This represents our gentle nature and the fundamental goodness deep within our mind. The path of purity and virtue that leads to all happiness. 

The eye is an inlay of Paua shell. The front eye has a natural 'pupil' in the inlay. The pupil is looking upwards, is symbolic of connecting to higher wisdom.

This piece comes with an officially signed certificate of authenticity and has been registered in my database of work. 

Hei konā rā (goodbye)
Andrew Doughty

Database Reference:  000-52