Zuni Antler Corn Maiden by Todd Poncho
Zuni Antler Corn Maiden by Todd Poncho
Zuni Antler Corn Maiden by Todd Poncho
Zuni Antler Corn Maiden by Todd Poncho

Zuni Antler Corn Maiden by Todd Poncho

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She is swaying as if in a dance!  This corn maiden was handmade and carved by Todd Poncho from Zuni Pueblo out of deer antler.  She stands upon a base of mother-of-pearl, bringing the energy of the sea with her wherever she goes.  She has a natural red coral and Sleeping Beauty turquoise necklace, as well as inlaid red coral and turquoise accents.

Size: 4"h x 2 3/4"w x 1 3/4" d

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.

Corn maidens represent everything good about being a woman: strong, kind, compassionate, nurturing and powerful.  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.

This carving was part of a large collection of Zuni carvings which were purchased between 1998 and 2016.