This corn maiden sisters carving by Faye Quandelacy has coral, lapis and white clam shell kernels inlaid one side, and dragonflies for protection and transformation etched on the back and on the side. We like to give corn maiden sisters to the sisters in our families and the sisters we create as move through life to show them that we "have their backs" as our relationship continues to weave together.
Size: 2 1/4" h x 7/8" wide
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.
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.
This carving was part of a large collection of Zuni carvings which were purchased between 1998 and 2016.