This corn maiden stands straight up and looks into the distance. What do you think she is looking at? Carl Etsate carved her from antler and inlaid jet and turquoise for eyes, and a catlinite mouth. He carved a delicate tablita she wears on her head. She has carved corn kernels and geometric designs on the front and back with inlaid turquoise, jet and catlinite dots. Her hair goes all the way down the back.
Size: 3" 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.