Zuni Corn Maide by Derrick Kaamassee
Zuni Corn Maide by Derrick Kaamassee
Zuni Corn Maide by Derrick Kaamassee
Zuni Corn Maide by Derrick Kaamassee

Zuni Corn Maide by Derrick Kaamassee

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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.