Manaia Hook - Takiura Whakaū - Higher Grounds
This style of hook can be traced back to the Māori mythological origins of New Zealand where it is described that the demigod Māui 'fished' up the North Island of New Zealand (which is shaped like a stingray) with the jawbone of his grandmother, Murirangawhenua.
Manaia Hook - Takiura Whakaū - ‘Higher Grounds'
A Manaia hook is a symbol of good luck and spiritual protection.
This Manaia Hook has an inlay of Paua for the eyes. The koru on the front of the carving represents the minds journey inwards and upwards to higher spiritual grounds that lead to a permanent inner peace that is immovable. On the back, there is additional koru which represent the secret methods to achieve this goal.
A Manaia hook 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.
This style of hook can be traced back to the Māori mythological origins of New Zealand where it is described that the demigod Māui 'fished' up the North Island of New Zealand (which is shaped like a stingray) with the jawbone of his grandmother, Murirangawhenua.1
The fish hook signifies abundance, nourishment, and strength. As such it attracts the energies of peace, prosperity, and good health. A fishhook is a symbol that provides safe journey over water. Therefore it is considered a good luck charm by travellers and seafarers.
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.
This piece is named Takiura Whakaū - ‘Higher Grounds' and comes with an officially signed certificate of authenticity and has been registered with my database of work.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the carving and over time come to fully understand all the various layers of meaning imbued in this creation. I wish you and your family the deepest peace and happiness.
Hei konā rā (goodbye)
Database Reference: 000-75
Note 1 - Paul Meredith, 'Te hī ika – Māori fishing - Tangaroa, god of the sea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/te-hi-ika-maori-fishing/page-1 (accessed 8 September 2016)