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Carl Etsate carved this lovely corn maiden from cedar. She has inlaid jet and turquoise eyes, and a catlinite dot for a mouth. There are inlaid turquoise, jet, and catlinite dots all the way around. The corn kernals and diagonal lines are etched in on the front. Her hair on the back goes all the way to the bottom.
Size: 3.25" H x .75" L x .5" 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.