Strong, sweet and simple, this dolomite corn maiden by Chad Quandelacy would fit in a neck pouch or pocket. She has a star on each side of her shawl and a big one on the back.
2" H x 3/4" W x 1/2" 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.