In ancient times, tiki (or ki'i) were carved to represent the image of a certain god and as an embodiment of that specific god's mana, or power.
This akua warrior image was the guardian of the heiau, the sacred temple area. He was the 'bodyguard' of the Hawaiian deities. He represented the manifestation of mana, which has the qualities of power and bravery, as well as serenity and dignity.
Hand-carved from Monkey Pod Rain Tree (samanea samen).
36"H x 7.5"W x 7.5"D