Carved from fossilized walrus ivory this little treasure by Sandra Quandelacy has a corn maiden on each side. On one side, the maiden looks like she is robed in a leaf of corn, has an inlaid turquoise dot for a necklace, and a star on her tablita (a head gear made from wood that the corn maidens wear during the dances). On the other side, the maiden wears a shawl, has an inlaid red coral dot for a necklace and has a dragonfly on her tablita.
Size: 1.80" H x .58" W x .5" D
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.
We like to give corn maiden sisters to the women in our families and the sisters we create as move through life to show them that we "have their backs" as our relationship continues to weave together.
This carving was part of a large collection of Zuni carvings which were purchased between 1998 and 2016.