Grounded Corn Maiden
Grounded Corn Maiden
Grounded Corn Maiden
Grounded Corn Maiden

Grounded Corn Maiden

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Zuni carver, Carl Etsate, carved this graceful corn maiden with a detailed tablita (head piece) from antler.  She appears to be rooted in the ground.  He inlaid jet and turquoise eyes, and a jet dot mouth.  There are five inlaid red coral dots around her collar area.  The body is detailed corn kernels and hatch lines, with inlaid turquoise, jet, spiny oyster shell, and coral.  Her detailed hair goes all the way down her back. 

Size: 3" H x 1.25" L x .375" W Diameter

Female corn beings represent all that is good about being a woman: loving, generous, nurturing, kind, strong with great compassion.  In tribes that traditionally grow corn, most of the stories are the similar.  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.  In Zuni Pueblo, there are three ages of female corn beings: the maiden who wears her hair in the traditional buns on each side, the mother who has one or more babies, and the elder grandmother who wears her shawl over her head. There are dances to honor the female corn beings in many of the Pueblos.  And in other tribes, she is held in a place of great honor.

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.

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