Carl Etsate carved this stately corn maiden from deer antler. She has a beautifully detailed tablita on her head. Her eyes are inlaid jet and turquoise, as well as a catlinite dot mouth. The corn kernels are well carved, as well as the geometric designs, and there are inlaid dots of turquoise, and jet. Her engraved hair goes all the way from her head to the bottom on the back.
Size: 2.75" H x .5 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.