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John Quam carved this Corn Maiden from dolomite. The dolomite is carved into feathers on the down the left side, and has geometric engravings on the back. There is a carved abalone feather with a turquoise dot on her head. She has engraved jet bangs and a turquoise face with inlaid jet eyes and a bead for her mouth. She has lapis carved into corn kernels with amethyst at the top and a stichtite with a turquoise for her skirt. She stands on a dolomite base with crushed turquoise on top.
Size: 3" H x 1.5" L x 1" W
Female corn beings represent all that is good about being a woman: loving, generous, nurturing, kind, strong with great compassion. In tribes that traditionally grow corn, most of the stories are the similar. There are many Indigenous stories about how corn was brought to the people at a time when there was hunger, and how a sacred, sometimes other worldly, female being brought them corn. In Zuni Pueblo, there are three ages of female corn beings: the maiden who wears her hair in the traditional buns on each side, the mother who has one or more babies, and the elder grandmother who wears her shawl over her head. There are dances to honor the female corn beings in many of the Pueblos. And in other tribes, she is held in a place of great honor.
Traditionally, Zuni carvings are symbolically fed cornmeal. Each Zuni fetish comes in a box with a descriptive card and a tiny bit of corn meal to tide them over until they reach you.