Manaia Pounamu Pendant

Manaia Pounamu Pendant

By Darren Stowe

The Manaia is a mythological creature in Māori culture, and is a common motif in Māori carving and jewellery. The Manaia is usually depicted as having the head of a bird and the tail of a fish and the body of a man, though it is sometimes depicted as a bird, a serpent, or a human figure in profile.

This stunning pounamu pendant has been handcarved in a contemporary design featuring paua shell.

Pounamu plays a very important role in Māori culture. It is considered a taonga (treasure). Pounamu taonga increase in mana (prestige) as they pass from one generation to another. It is only found in the South Island of New Zealand.

Traditionally pounamu is always given as a gift to be treasured.


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Darren Stowe

Darren Stowe
I have been working in stone (predominantly pounamu/jade) for nine years, and have worked in wood all my adult life.

I am increasingly drawn to the enduring quality of stone and the fact that it will outlive nearly all other materials.
I currently work from home in Dunedin.

(All pieces worn on the body regularly will absorb your body’s oil. Otherwise, oil wood and stone pieces from time to time using natural oils. They’ll love you for it!)

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