Derrick Kamassee did a wonderful job carving this corn maiden of antler which looks like a fully mature corn in the leaves on a stalk of corn. Carved from deer antler, she is so light she didn't show up on the weight scale! She has turquoise eyes, a coral mouth and catlinite, jet and malachite inlaid into three kernals.
Size: 2 1/4" H x 1/2" circumference
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.
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.