The Koru inspired by the unfurling spiral of a New Zealand fern frond is traditionally a symbol for spiritual growth, life and peace. To others it reflects our search for knowledge and new beginnings.
A Koru design intertwined with other forms... such as Twists or Circles illustrate a different significant story. For example a single twist represents the joining of two people together for eternity, while twists with a crisscross depicts the many paths of love and life.
Enclosing the Koru element within a circle signifies a new beginning within the circle of life or linking love with a new life
This closed circle translation means that there is no beginning and no end. A good example of identifying that relationship with an element is the artist with his relationship to his craft... a circle uniting his spirit with head, hand and heart to create.
Spanning time and distance... A Maori Bone Carving worn for generations shares the spirit of all the family or members who wore it, becoming the spiritual link transcending time. That spiritual energy is truly a great and powerful treasure.
To the Maori's, a Maori Bone Carving is held in high regard, worn with respect, given and received with love, and embraces the spirit of those who give, receive or wear it.
With a great respect for natures surroundings, the Maori legends evolve around stories about the spirits and gods relating to the mountains, forests, lakes and creatures of the sea. Many of these stories are about the creation of earth and its inhabitants and protecting each part of nature in the world.
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Basic Maori Bone Carving
The joining together of two people for eternity is defined by the single twist. Although they may move experience seperate journeys... they stay connected, sharing and blending their lives to become one. The symbolism represents the strength of a bond in friendship or relationship, the loyalty and love that will last forever.
The joining of two peoples or cultures instead of individuals has similar meaning for both the double and triple twists. Intertwining other elements with the Twists such as the Koru and Matau within Maori bone carvings tell a unique powerful story.
Hei-Matau symbolizes power and authority, which by the Maori's are held in great reverence. Travelers also wear this element to provide good luck and safety while traveling over water.
With subtle differences between each of the tribes, the Manaia element is blended into many Maori bone carving designs, because of its power as a guardian against evil and its ability to hold great spiritual energy.
The Manaia is often characterized by the three fingers of life... birth, life and death. It may also be shown with the fourth finger depicting the afterlife, representing and completing the circle of life.
Legends illustrate the Tiki as the first man of the world arriving from the stars. Other stories illustrate him with webbed feet suggesting a strong link to the creatures of the sea.
The Tiki is respected as a teacher of all things. Those who wear the symbol are seen to possess clarity of thought, loyalty, great inner knowledge and strength of character.
The Tiki is also celebrated as a fertility symbol and a signal of a good luck charm when worn.
Maori's have a great appreciation for the creatures of the sea, in particular for the dolphins and whales.
Playing an important part in the culture of the Maori people is the whale because of its great size and obvious intelligence. Often exhibited as an example of family love a Maori bone carving illustrating mother and calf always side by side and touching at every opportunity.
Treasured as gifts by the gods... Beached whales. They were cherished especially for the bone which after several years of curing was utilized to carve ornate jewelry and art works passed down from generation to generation.
A dolphin epitomizes playfulness, harmony and friendship, while the turtle embodies a navigator.