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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.

Manaia Hook - Homeward Bound

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 - Homeward Bound



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.

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 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. (For additional information see note 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 travelers and seafarers.
 

 

 

This piece is named ‘Homeward Bound. 

Hei konā rā (goodbye)
Andrew Doughty

Database Reference:  000-62

 

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)