Graceful Corn Maiden
Graceful Corn Maiden
Graceful Corn Maiden
Graceful Corn Maiden
Graceful Corn Maiden

Graceful Corn Maiden

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Vickie Quandelacy carved this graceful corn maiden from shell.  She has so many details including an engraved feather and bangs on her head, detailed shawl, an olla (pot) on the left with crushed turquoise, and carved turquoise feathers with two turquoise dots.  There is an engraved dragonfly on her showl and coral, turquoise, gold lip mother of pearl and jet dots along the bottom of her shawl.  The back of the shell has six engraved stars and two more dragonflies.  She is on a white base flecked with color and with crushed turquoise on the bottom.

Size: 3.375" H x 3.5" L x 1.125" W

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.