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Jon Quam carved this corn maiden from Mexican onyx. She is wearing the traditional maiden buns on each side of her head and has two carved feathers and a dot of turquoise where her part would be. She has inlaid jet eyes and a turquoise mouth. She is holding a pot that has turquoise and lapis chips inside which could represent corn. There is a diamond shaped lapis on her skirt in the front, and a jet diamond on the back. It has geometric designs carved into the back. It is signed "Jon Quam" on the bottom.
Size: 3" H x 1,375" L x 1" 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.