She sways to the right and we can imagine her swaying to the left afterward as she happily views the baby corn plants. Carl Etsate carved her from deer antler and carved a beautiful tablita. Her eyes are inlaid jet and turquoise, and she has an inlaid catlinite mouth. Her body is carved corn kernels and geometric patterns. Her hair goes all the way down her body. Isn't she lovely?
Size: 3" H x .875" L x .75" W
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. Corn maidens come with a card detailing the meaning, the carver, and the material they are carved from.
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.