People throughout the world have recognised that both animate and inanimate beings have a special place in guiding their lives. Therefore wearing a representation of them is seen as helping the transfer of their powers to the wearer or as helping keep that something special to us close to our hearts. The tradition of wearing these special Kaitiaki or Guardian figures is strong within the Maori culture and there are also Personal ones. We know when these have adopted us, because just to think about them makes us feel good. This Kaitiaki of four Manaia faces represents ‘Nga Hau e Wha’, the Four Winds. This is a traditional saying which includes people from the four corners of the world. Thus it becomes a guardian for visitors
to Aotearoa and for those who travel. It is one of a series of my ‘Te Rau’ Kaitiaki designs which are all based on a circle with a cut out circle within. All have some of these Manaia or spirit faces to depict a particular part of their special attributes. In the birds, as with Ruru, the Owl shown here, the manaia faces acknowledge the gift of flight their hands have been given by the gods. The designs also include some more recognisable element to make the featured kaitiaki more accessible than is often the case in many more stylised traditional works. Some however are more abstract and
their special aspect is conceptual rather than visual as is typical of Maori Art. Thus the Anchor Stone Kaitiaki has hands which are depicted as Manaia faces since it is ‘obvious’ that it must have unseen hands to hold so tightly to the sea floor.

Manufacturer:
Brian Flintoff
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