Stunning Manaia sculpture carved from Hapopo Pounamu set on a Pounamu base. Carved by Allan Moreton.
The Manaia a strong protective talisman, with the head of a bird, body of a man and a tail of a fish makes an impressive spiritual guardian.
Pounamu or Greenstone is regarded as a stone sacred to the gods by the Maori of New Zealand. As a Taonga -meaning treasured, and it should be displayed with respect and pride. Pounamu is a gift from the heart.