The Manaia is a spiritual guardian and the carrier of supernatural powers. Traditionally depicted with the head of a bird, the body of a man and the tail of a fish, Te Manaia represents the sky, earth and sea and the balance between them.
Luke Gardiner, this self-taught artist, finds his inspiration in nature and has been re-creating it’s beauty in greenstone for over a decade. His connection with the wairua (spirit) of the land is evident in each of his designs, infusing his artwork with a peaceful, protective aura.
A vital part of his artistic process is to carefully assess each piece of jade before he decides which design it will best suit.
Due to nature of the stone the colour may vary.
Size: 4.8 cm