Shimmering Corn Maiden Earrings

Shimmering Corn Maiden Earrings


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Zuni jeweler, Gloria Chattin, made these shimmering Corn Maiden earrings from gold lip Mother of Pearl.  Lapis, turquoise, and red coral decorate her chest.  Her bangs, corn kernels, and geometric designs are carved on her body with corn stalks on one side.  Corn stalks are on each side.

Size: 3.5" (includes wires) x 1" 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.  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.