Pendant- New Double Koru (#19)

Beautifully handcarved Pounamu (New Zealand Jade) pendant by Queenstown artist Luke Leaf. Measures 5.5cm x 3.5cm, strung on a black waxed cord.

In Maori design, the greenstone koru has a dual meaning. It is commonly used in Maori art as a symbol of creation due to its fluid circular shape. Based on the unfurling fern frond of the native New Zealand silver fern, the circular shape of the koru conveys the idea of perpetual movement. It’s inner coil, the corm, with its rolled inner leaflets, suggests a return to the point of origin. In the larger scheme, this is a metaphor for the way in which life both changes and stays the same.

The koru is also said to represent new life. Literally speaking, the baby fern frond slowly unwinds over its adolescent life as it grows into a mature frond. It then opens into a brand new leaf on the silver fern plant where it ages and then dies. 


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