She is swaying as if in a dance! This corn maiden was handmade and carved by Todd Poncho from Zuni Pueblo out of deer antler. She stands upon a base of mother-of-pearl, bringing the energy of the sea with her wherever she goes. She has a natural red coral and Sleeping Beauty turquoise necklace, as well as inlaid red coral and turquoise accents.
Size: 4"h x 2 3/4"w x 1 3/4" d
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.
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.
This carving was part of a large collection of Zuni carvings which were purchased between 1998 and 2016.