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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 - Circle of Life

This bone carving is a Manaia called 'Circle of Life' and is symbolic of strong protection. Through being enclosed in the protection of the circle, this Manaia is able to look deep inside itself to understand the purpose of life. This is represented by the Manaia being on the inside of the carving and looking towards the carved details of the various Koru. 

 
 

Manaia - Circle of Life



A Manaia is a symbol of 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 aspects, or meanings.

This Manaia is called 'Circle of Life' and is symbolic of strong protection. Through being enclosed in the protection of the circle, this Manaia is able to look deep inside itself to understand the purpose of life. This is represented by the Manaia being on the inside of the carving and looking towards the carved details of the various Koru. 

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 buffalo horn. This is symbolic of protection as the horns protect the buffalo from harm and serve to keep open space around it. 

There are two wings on the lower half of the carving. These are the wings of wisdom and love. On each wing there is three fingers. These represent the six practices of training our mind so we can benefit others. This is our true protection. 

The two ‘fingers’ at the top of the carving show us that when our mind is united with our spiritual guide, then through this union, we will receive the gift of true happiness.  

Hei konā rā (goodbye)
Andrew Doughty

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