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Maori designs - their spiritual meaning

The designs used in Maori artwork on sale here at Shopenzed.com ( necklaces, pendants, wood carvings, tattoo, etc) all carry a spiritual meaning.  Early Maori did not have a written history, so their arts and crafts took on the role of being a record of spiritual values and beliefs, as well as a historical family record. 

 
Bone and greenstone jade ( pounamu) pendants and necklaces, worn against the skin and passed down through the generations, were believed to absorb the spirit of the person who wore them, making them a powerful connection to people passed.
 

Koru
BNPK09 - Maori Bone Koru Necklace with Carving and Paua Shell  LE04 - Metal NZ Fern Fronds  NW235B - Carved Maori Koru Frond on Stand AG16 - Maori Heart Rimu Wall Panel  BNPT08 - Maori Bone Twist Necklace with Inner Koru  GNPK01 - Genuine NZ Greenstone Koru Necklace PAUB06 - Pretty Paua Koru Bracelet

The Maori Koru design is inspired by the New Zealand fern frond unfurling as it grows. It represents peace, tranquility, personal growth, positive change and awakening. It is associated with new life and harmony, so makes a wonderful gift for a new parent or child, newlyweds, or anyone starting on a new phase of their life.
 
Type Koru into the Search box (up to the left of the screen) to find all Koru items, including jewellery, flip flops, temporary tattoos, headbands and more. 
 

 



Maori Heart Koru Rimu Wall Panel
This Maori Heart Koru Rimu Wall Panel is a beautiful contemporary example of Maori art.Made from New Zealand native ...
From US$47.00
 

 

Cheap Maori Bone Double Koru Necklace
This cheap Maori Bone Double Koru Necklace is ideal for situations where you want to give the same gift to ...
From US$8.50
 

 

Maori Bone Double Koru Necklace with Paua and Stain
This lovely NZ Maori Double Koru Necklace has been further enhanced with tea stain and a sliver of New Zealand Paua ...
US$15.00
   

 

NZ Greenstone Drop with Koru Pendant
This gorgeous Greenstone Drop Pendant is made more beautiful by the Koru carved into the lower portion.  A ...
US$79.00
   

 

Fat NZ Greenstone Koru Pendant
I call this piece the Fat Greenstone Koru Pendant because it is just that.  Fat, substantial, thick... and ...
US$129.00
   

 

Greenstone Koru New Life Pendant
The Koru, or fern frond, greenstone pendant design represents the unfurling of new life.  It is a particularly ...
US$79.00
   

 

Genuine NZ Greenstone Open Koru Necklace
This NZ Greenstone Maori Open Koru Necklace measures approximately 2.5cm (1") in diameter.The Maori Koru ...
US$79.00
   

 

Maori Koru Frond on Base (3 sizes)
These Carved Maori Koru Frond on Stand are simple and beautiful. They are perfect as a gift, at a front office or ...
From US$45.00
 

 

Pretty NZ Paua and Silver Koru Bracelet
This pretty NZ Paua Koru Bracelet features a lovely silver and Paua shell catch on silver bracelet.Paua is New ...
US$11.00
   

 

Paua Silver Fern Maori Koru Necklace
This Paua Silver Fern Koru Necklace is a pretty and inexpensive piece of jewellery that shows off 3 icon images of ...
US$13.50
   

 

 

Single Twist
BNPT07 - Carved Maori Bone Friendship Twist Necklace  GNPT15 - Genuine NZ Greenstone Single Twist Necklace HKG045 - Small Twist Glass Ornament

A Maori twist symbolises the path of life.  It is believed to have been based on Maori kete basket weaving.  The path of life takes many twists and turns but carries on regardless.  In the case of the Single Twist, the design means the path of life and can be called the Maori Eternity Symbol.  It is also considered to be the symbol of undying love between two people.


Type Single Twist into the Search box (up to the left of the screen) to find more Single Twist items. 

 

 

 



Maori Bone Twist Pendant with Inner Koru and Paua Trim
This beautiful Maori Bone Single Twist Pendant is further enhanced with an inner carved Koru and a long ...
US$18.00
   

 

Cheap Maori Bone Twist with Koru Necklace
This Cheap Maori Bone Twist Necklace with Koru is ideal for the person who likes their necklaces on the small ...
From US$8.50
 

 

Maori Bone Friendship Twist Necklace with Fern and Paua
This NZ Maori Bone Friendship Twist Necklace is beautifully embellished with native New Zealand Paua shell and the ...
US$15.50
   

 

Maori Bone Twist and Koru Necklace
This Maori Bone Twist Koru Necklace combines the traditional Maori Twist and the Maori Koru, lashed with a string cord ...
US$20.00
   

 

NZ Maori Sandstone Twist Sculpture
This NZ Maori Sandstone Twist Sculpture is embellished with the Silver Fern, the sporting symbol of New Zealand.The ...
US$27.00
   

 

New Zealand Greenstone Single Twist Pendant
This New Zealand Greenstone Maori Twist Pendant shows off the natural beauty of New Zealand Pounamu ( Greenstone ...
US$65.00
   

 

Small Greenstone Maori Twist Necklace
This Greenstone Maori Twist Necklace is perfect for those who like their necklaces on the small side.The greenstone ...
US$49.00
   

 

Genuine NZ Greenstone Twist Necklace
This Greenstone Maori Double Twist Necklace is made in New Zealand from genuine New Zealand pounamu (nephrite ...
US$75.00
   

 

NZ Paua Shell and Silver Maori Twist Necklace
This NZ Paua Shell and Silver Maori Twist Necklace brings together the beauty of New Zealand native Paua Shell, and the ...
US$13.50
   

 

Sterling Silver and Paua Maori Twist Necklace
This beautiful Sterling Silver and Paua Maori Twist Necklace makes the ideal gift for a friend or loved one.  ...
US$38.00
   

 

 


Double and Triple Twist

AG30 - Maori Kauri Twist Necklace BNPT05 - Maori Bone Double Twist Necklace with Paua Tail  BNPT17 - Maori Bone Twist Eternity Tattoo Necklace  GNPT14 - Genuine NZ Greenstone Twist Necklace SH10 - Sterling Silver Maori Friendship Twist Charm  AG20 - Frramed Carved Twist

The Double and Triple Twist depict two new shoots growing together - it represents the joining of cultures, the bonding of friendship for life. The design shows the joining of two people in love or friendship for eternity, so makes a wonderful wedding or friendship gift. The Twist can also relate to the joining of two peoples or cultures.
 
Type Twist into the Search box (upper left hand of page) to see all our Maori Twist items.
 


Maori Kauri Twist Necklace
This Maori Twist Necklace is made from one of our most beautiful New Zealand timbers, Kauri.  Crafted from ancient ...
US$15.00
   

 

Maori Bone Double Twist Pendant with Paua Trim
This lovely Maori Bone Double Twist with Paua Pendant depicts two new shoots growing together - it represents the ...
US$18.00
   

 

Maori Bone Double Twist Necklace with Paua Tail
This Maori Bone Double Twist Necklace is finished off with a beautiful native Paua Shell tail.  It really is a ...
US$19.00
   

 

Maori Bone Twist Eternity Tattoo Necklace
This Maori Bone Triple Twist Necklace was designed by master carver Jeff Bryan.  Jeff is of Ngati Raukawa and ...
US$37.00
   

 

Large Greenstone Maori Friendship Twist Pendant
This beautiful Greenstone Maori Friendship Twist Pendant is big, solid, meant to be admired, touched, stroked.   ...
US$99.00
   

 

Genuine NZ Greenstone Twist Necklace
This Greenstone Maori Double Twist Necklace is made in New Zealand from genuine New Zealand pounamu (nephrite ...
US$75.00
   

 

Paua Silver Maori Twist Charm
This dangling Charm features a Maori Twist design in Sterling Silver and New Zealand Paua Shell.Paua is New Zealand's ...
US$19.00
   

 

Pewter Maori Triple Twist Friendship Pendant
This Pewter New Zealand Maori Triple Twist Pendant is a great gift for a friend. The Triple Twist signifies the ...
US$9.50
   

 

Sterling Silver Maori Friendship Twist Charm
This Sterling Silver Maori Friendship Twist Charm can be worn one of 3 ways - thread it onto a neckchain to wear as a ...
US$27.00
   

 

 

Hei Matau (Fish Hook)

BNPH28 - Matakupenga Maori Bone Tattoo Necklace  GNPH10 - Greenstone Maori Bound Hook Necklace  BNPH03 - Maori Bone Hook Pendant with Koru and Stain  BONE48 - Maori Bone Hook and Paua Earrings   CA05 - Maori Manaia Protector Acrylic Mirror  target=_blank>MM20 - Framed Maori Hei Matau Hook Carving  MM22 - Hei Matau Carving on Stand 2 sizes
The fish hook was an important resource for Maori, as the sea provided a rich source of food. In Maori mythology, New Zealand was fished up out of the sea by Maui.

The fish hook signifies abundance and plenty, strength and determination. It is believed to bring peace, prosperity and good health. It is a device for catching good luck and energy, and is believed to provide safe journey over water. It is therefore considered a good luck charm by travellers, boaties, fishermen and surfers.


Type Hook into the Search box (upper left hand of page) to see all our Maori Twist items.

 

 



Maori Bone Hook with Koru Pendant
This Bone Maori Fish Hook Pendant with Cutout Koru is ideal for both men and women. Maori designs include a spiritual ...
US$13.00
   

 

NZ Maori Bone and Wood Hook Necklace
This NZ Maori Bone and Wood Hook Necklace hangs from a string cord, The traditional fish hook design in this necklace ...
US$22.50
   

 

Maori Bone Hook Pendant with Twist Koru and Paua
This Maori Bone Hook Pendant is cleverly enhanced with a twist, a koru and the paua shell trim.   The Maori ...
US$20.00
   

 

NZ Greenstone Carved Maori Hook Pendant
This beautiful New Zealand Greenstone Fish Hook Pendant measures approximately 1 7/8" (5 cm) long.  It ...
US$85.00
   

 

Simple Greenstone Maori Hook Pendant
This beautifully simple New Zealand Greenstone Maori Hook Pendant shows off the natural beauty of New Zealand Pounamu ( ...
US$82.00
   

 

NZ Maori Greenstone Twist and Hook Carving
This New Zealand Maori Greenstone Hook Carving also sports a Twist at the top, adding another Maori design to ...
US$65.00
   

 

Genuine NZ Greenstone Maori Hook Necklace
This Greenstone Maori Hook Necklace is made in New Zealand from genuine New Zealand pounamu (nephrite jade).Maori ...
US$69.00
   

 

 


Tiki


BK073 - Pounamu - Maori Jade of New Zealand  BON001 - Bone Tiki Pendant  AG09 - Maori Kauri Tiki Necklace CHM001 - Maori Tiki charm PAR015 - Plastic Tiki

The Tiki depicts the first mortal born to the Gods. It is also a strong fertility symbol, with the hands on the loins symbolising fertility. The Tiki is a good luck charm, and believed to give the wearer clarity of thought and great inner knowledge.

 
Type Tiki into the Search box (upper left of page) to find all our Tiki items.

Maori Kauri Tiki Necklace
This Maori Tiki Necklace is made from one of our most beautiful New Zealand timbers, Kauri.  Crafted from ancient ...
US$16.00
   

 

Maori Bone Tiki with Koru Necklace (2 sizes)
This Maori Bone Tiki with Koru Necklace is intricately carved, particularly the head.  On the chest and loins are ...
From US$22.00
 

 

Beaded New Zealand Maori Tiki Xmas Ornament
This stunning New Zealand Maori Tiki Xmas Ornament will look spectacular on any Christmas tree.Measuring ...
US$18.00
   

 

Greenstone Maori Tiki Necklace
The New Zealand Maori Tiki Greenstone Pendant is a symbol of fertility and goodwill.  The Tiki is probably the ...
US$40.00
   

 

Green Plastic Tiki
Green Plastic Tiki are ideal for school projects, wedding favours, scrapbooking, and anything else you can ...
From US$0.45
 

 

Sterling Silver Maori Tiki Charm
This Sterling Silver Maori Tiki Charm can be worn one of 3 ways - thread it onto a neckchain to wear as a necklace; ...
US$27.00
   

 

Manaia
BNPM01 - Maori Bone Small Manaia Pendant   CHM113 - Maori Manaia Charm  PWT015 - Pewter Maori Notched Manaia Pendant MM51 - Maori Manaia Trophy BNPM18 - Delicately Carved Maori Bone Manaia Necklace  GNPM06b - greenstone manaia

The Manaia is a spiritual guardian, a guardian angel, to ward off danger and protect against intruders. It acts as a provider and protector over the sky, earth and sea.

The Manaia has a bird-like head, symbolising flight of the spirit.  Its three fingers are believed to represent birth, life and death, symbolising the life cycle of man, or alternatively, the Three Baskets of Knowledge (the knowledge mankind needed from the gods, to be able to live successfully on earth).  

 

Type Manaia into the Search box (upper left of page) to find all our Manaia items.

Circles

GNPC02 greenstone circle of life

The closed circle represents the circle of life, and the belief it has no beginning or end. 


Rimu Maori Manaia Heru Comb
This beautiful Manaia Heru (comb) is made from Rimu,  has four prongs and is beautifully inlaid with Paua. ...
US$25.00
   

 

Large Maori Bone Manaia Necklace 14cm
This Large Maori Bone Manaia Necklace actually incorporates two Manaia.  The necklace is approximately 14cm (5 ...
US$55.00
   

 

Maori Bone Manaia Necklace with Fish Scales
This Maori Bone Manaia Necklace has a beautifully carved fish body.  The Manaia is a Maori supernatural being, ( ...
US$18.00
   

 

NZ Greenstone Manaia Koru Whale Tail Necklace
This beautiful New Zealand Greenstone Manaia Necklace would be my current favourite.  With a Koru carved into its ...
US$115.00
   

 

Greenstone Maori Manaia Hook Necklace
This beautiful Greenstone Manaia Hook Necklace combines two powerful Maori spiritual symbols in one pendant.The ...
US$127.00
   

 

NZ Paua Shell and Silver Maori Manaia Necklace
This NZ Paua Shell and Silver Maori Manaia Necklace combines the beauty of native New Zealand Paua Shell with equally ...
US$13.50
   

 

Whales and Dolphins

BON03 - Bone Double Whale Tail Necklace  BON01 - Maori Bone Whale Tail Pendant  CA12 - Tohora Whale Tail Mirror or Panel CT61 - Wellington NZ Humpback Whale Ceramic Tile BON07 - Maori Bone Toki Necklace with Dolphin

Whales and dolphins, and in fact all sea creatures and birds, were of huge importance to the Maori as a food and utensil source.  Sea creatures were particularly revered.   The whale is a symbol of great size and intelligence, and carvings of whales appear on some Maori meeting houses or food storehouses. 
 
Whales and dolphins were believed to help some Maori navigate their way across the South Pacific during the Great Migration.  Thus Whales and Dolphins are symbols of protection, and today this includes protection for travellers on all modes of transport.
 
The dolphin is also a symbol of friendship and harmony, and of playfulness, as seen in the way they playfully interact with humans swimming or boating in New Zealand waters.  A free spirit.
 
Type whale or dolphin into the Search box to find all our whale and dolphin items.
 

Toki (Adze)

BON17 - Maori Bone Toki Necklace with Koru  KT01 - Whale Bone Notched Toki Necklace by Kerry Thompson  GNP04 - Genuine NZ Greenstone Notched Toki Necklace  GNP16 - Greenstone Maori Moko Tattoo Pendant TIK032 - Maori Adze - Toki Pou Tangata

The Toki (adze) was an important Maori implement, used to chip and shave wood and stone, and sometimes used as a weapon.  In bone or greenstone, it was traditionally worn by Maori elders, as it represented power, wisdom and authority.


Maori Bone Toki Necklace with Koru
This Maori Bone Toki Necklace is deeply carved with three Koru.Bone Toki were traditionally worn by Maori elders as the ...
US$22.00
   

 

Maori Bone Toki Necklace with Curving Koru
This Maori Bone Toki Necklace is carved with an incredibly detailed Koru design.Bone Toki were traditionally worn by ...
US$22.00
   

 

Maori Bone Toki Necklace Half Carved
This Maori Bone Toki Necklace is half carved with Koru.Bone Toki were traditionally worn by Maori elders as the toki ...
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US$11.00
   

 

Genuine NZ Greenstone Notched Toki Necklace
This Genuine NZ Greenstone Notched Toki Necklace ( Toki - pronounced "talky" - means ...
US$69.00
   

 

Genuine Greenstone Maori Adze Toki Necklace
This fabulous Genuine Greenstone Maori Adze ( Toki - pronounced "talky") Necklace is a great example of ...
US$90.00
   

 

NZ Greenstone Toki Necklace
These NZ Greenstone (pounamu) Toki Necklaces are perfect for those who want a nice, simple piece of New Zealand ...
US$21.00
   

 

Type toki into the Search box to find all our Toki, including toki adzes and toki necklaces.
 

Roimata 
GNP13 Greenstone Roimata Necklace

Roimata means "tear drop", and is a stylised version of the toki, a long slim shape with rounded corners.  The Roimata is a symbol of sadness, so would be given as a gesture of recognition of a person's sadness or loss, and a reassurance that you are there for them and will stand beside them.  Sometimes referred to as the comfort stone.

Kowhaiwhai

maori triple twist carving AG16 - Maori Heart Rimu Wall Panel CA47 - NZ Maori Koru Aluminium Panel PAUH04 - NZ Paua Shell Hair Tie

Kowhaiwhai is the beautiful scroll-like patterns seen on Maori meeting house ridge poles (tahu or tahuhu) and on the rafters (heke).  They are usually painted red, white and black.  These rafter paintings usually depict tribal lineage and thus represent authority by descent. 

Kowhaiwhai was also seen on gourd water vessels, paddles, and the underside of canoe prows.  Nowadays, its incorporation into Maori carvings or art represents the importance and significance of a loving family.

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