She is elegant, strong and graceful, carved in jet with inlaid silver and Sleeping Beauty turquoise by Amos Pooacha. He carved large stars on each side with a turquoise stone dot in the center. On the back is a tall corn stalk and dragonfly. This is one of the largest corn maidens that Amos ever carved. She leans to the left and wears her tablita on her head, which is a head piece worn during the corn maiden dances.
Amos, was the cousin of Pennie, the owner of Gathering Tribes. When she invited him to visit Gathering Tribes and show his work, she also asked him to make some tall corn maidens. This is one of those and there are very few he made.
Size: 9" H x 3" W x 1.25" D
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.