Carl Etsate carved this sweet sky blue turquoise corn maiden and inlaid jet eyes and mouth. There are also inlaid dots of catlinite and jet on the front and back. She is wearing a tablita on her head. Her body is carved to represent corn kernels, with additional geometric patters. Her hair goes all the way down her back. She is so lovely!
Size: 1.75" H x .5" Diameter
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.