Family of Five Corn Maidens
Family of Five Corn Maidens
Family of Five Corn Maidens
Family of Five Corn Maidens
Family of Five Corn Maidens
Family of Five Corn Maidens
Family of Five Corn Maidens
Family of Five Corn Maidens

Family of Five Corn Maidens

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Faye Quandelacy carved this family of five corn maidens from a lovely piece of chrysocolla.  There is a large maiden and small maiden on each side, with one large maiden on the side.  They all have engraved and blacked eyes and mouths, and detailed hair.

One side has a large maiden with a coral dot at her neck, and a smaller maiden with a turquoise dot at her neck.   the long vertical lines could be corn silk or corn leaves.

The other side also has a larger and smaller maiden.  The taller maiden has a turquoise dot at her neck, and the smaller one has a lapis dot.  They each have shawls on, and the larger maiden has two engraved dragonflies.

There is a tall maiden on one side.  She has a coral dot at her neck, and four stars on the shawl.  It feels very good in the hand!

Size: 2.25" H x 2" L x 1" W

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.