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We imagine she is leaning forward to see the sprouts of new corn rising from the earth. Carl Etsate carved her from deer antler. Her tablita is delicately carved. She has inlaid jet and turquoise eyes, and a catlinite mouth. Her body is corn kernels and geometric patterns with inlaid turquoise and jet. Her long hair goes all the way to the bottom.
Size: 3" H x .375" 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.