Bone Manaia Porotiti. A traditional Maori musical instrument.
Size (mm): 80 H x 35 W.
The Porotiti is a disc with a cord looping through two holes. It is played by looping the cord around the hands then twirling it a little to start it spinning. By applying alternate pressure then relaxing the cord each time the disc untwines, a soft humming sound is created. Then by carefully blowing gently on its vanes, it starts to sing and create its own songs. It is considered to be a healing disc, played above sleeping babies to break up mucus in blocked noses and ears.
This bone carving is a beautiful piece of Maori jewellery. The carving is double sided so that it increases the volume of the sound. Can be worn around your neck as a pendant. Supplied loose in a plastic bag. Each piece is individually carved so slight variations can occur.
The Manaia is a symbol of protection and acts as a guardian against evil.