Zuni carver, Jonathan Natewa, carved this corn maiden from jasper and inlaid turquoise eyes, mouth and three dots down the front. He also etched plants on the front and back, cattails on each side, a butterfly on the back as well as long hair. She is lovely!
Size: 2.675" H x .5" 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.