These pieces are a mixture of mostly traditional styles that don't fit into other areas on this site. They include special designs such as the sacred Tiki along with some that are based on figures from the carvings found on war canoes and buildings.
The Maori also made many tools, household items, and weapons from bone or jade such as needles, chisels, clubs and combs.
The koru shape is a scroll shape and is direct linked to the New Zealand fern plant. The shoot of the fern has a curled-over tip which unfurls and becomes a fern leaf. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new positive beginnings...
The koru, represents the unfolding of new life, that everything is reborn and continues. It represents renewal and hope for the future. Spiral, geometry of life, sacred creation...
The disk represents Io (the beginning, nothingness): continuity, no beginning, no end, contained.
Usually given as an offering of friendship between different tribes and a wedding. The twist or crossover represents: the bonding of friendship, the joining of lives for eternity.
Muri Paraoa (Wail Tail)
The whale tail represents speed and strength. People use it as a good luck charm.
The wheke represents intelligence.
"Te tahei of nga kotuku". The entwining of the white herons.
Mangopare (Hammerhead shark)
It represents strength.
Ihu whaka (Prow of the Maori canoe)
The prow of a canoe represents the future.