Assorted Jades Medium Manaia Necklace | Mountain Jade New Zealand

Assorted Jades

Medium Manaia Necklace

SKU:
JC930
$88.00 NZD

Featuring opposing serpent like heads, this necklace design is known as a 'manaia,' a guardian form which protects the wearer when worn. There are two types of jade to choose from, the bright glassy green seen in the picture, and a dark black jade from Western Australia. There are also multiple sizes to choose from. 

Canadian Jade

Australian Jade

Featuring opposing serpent like heads, this necklace design is known as a 'manaia,' a guardian form which protects the wearer when worn. There are two types of jade to choose from, the bright glassy green seen in the picture, and a dark black jade from Western Australia. There are also multiple sizes to choose from. 

Features

Carved from Australian and Canadian jade

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Story

The only consistent thing about the manaias story is its inconsistency. Next to the tiki, the manaia is the predominant motif in Maori carved art, particularly wood carving.  What the manaia meant to traditional Maori remains a mystery. Many authors have speculated on its function and it was no doubt magical. If we look at wood carving (which predates jade carving in New Zealand), when manaia stood next to tiki it was ofter seen ‘biting’ into the tiki head, or grasping the tiki body with its limbs so it seems to be symbolic of the mana of the ancestral tiki they accompany. Today, when carved in jade, manaia are usually depicted with a head of a bird, the body of a man, and the tail of a fish, and are said to represent the balance between the sky, the earth and the sea. It’s an enduring Maori design that today is said to protect the wearer from evil.