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Sandra Quandelacy carved this sweet corn maiden from a graceful shell. She inlaid jet for the eyes and mouth, carved traditional buns on each side of her face, and inlaid turquoise at her neck. She is wearing a shawl with six inlaid jet dragonflies. We love the visible spiral on the bottom of the shell!
Size: 1.625" H x 1.125" in 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.