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Cattle Bone, Abalone shell
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Cattle Bone, Abalone shell
|Dimensions||1.25 x 0.25" (3.18 x 0.64cm)|
Much of Maori theology was based around a great respect for nature and in particular, the sea, as the Maori people had crossed the Pacific Ocean to find New Zealand (Aotearoa) in sailing canoes. They based much of their lifestyle around the resources gained from fishing and agriculture. Legend has it that New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner, Maui, using a line of woven plant fibre and a bone hook.
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The Koru’s closed outer circle represents the circle of life which has no beginning or end, is seamless and of which we are all a part. It also tells of the stars and plants which are part of the circle of life and contain knowledge of our origins. For the artist, it represents the relationship or oneness between himself and his craft, bringing together head, hand and heart.
The spiral of a Koru, which is the fern frond as it opens, brings new life and purity to the world. It also represents peace, tranquility and spirituality along with a strong sense of re-growth or new beginnings. The Koru is often associated with nurturing so is frequently used to represent strength and purity of a loving relationship within a family.
The intertwining of these elements represent oneness within the natural world where spirituality, strength, beauty, old and new life all blend into one unifying force.