1.8 in x 1.8 in
The koru is a Māori spiral design signifying the connection and importance of the natural world and the existence of human life. Based on the shape of a new, unfurling fern frond and thereby symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace. It is an integral symbol in Māori art. The circular shape of the koru helps to convey the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin.
It is believed that a carving -- taonga -- which is worn with respect or given and received with love, takes on part of the spirit of those who wear or handle it. In this way it becomes a spiritual link between people spanning time and distance. A carving that has been worn by family or tribal members over many generations contains the spirit of all of those people and is truly a great and powerful treasure.