Head of a bird, tail of a fish, and body of a man, the mystical manaia is a Māori mythological creature whose likeness acts as a guardian against evil, making this 4-pronged heru truly a treasure like no other! Inspired by whānau (family) and the natural wilderness of Aotearoa’s West Coast, Bruce Haussman (Ngāti Whātua) of West Carver began carving traditional Māori ornamental combs known as heru as a gift for his granddaughters. His passion for art, aroha (love), and taonga (treasures) is imbued in every gentle curve of his lovingly handcrafted hardwood pieces, made to last and be loved for many years to come.
Each heru has been made by hand from a variety of wood and is one of a kind. Variations in the colour may occur as a result. This only adds to the unique beauty and character of each piece.
25.8 x 10.5 cm
made with 100% New Zealand timber
handcrafted in New Zealand