Zuni Corn Maiden by Chad Quandelacy
Zuni Corn Maiden by Chad Quandelacy
Zuni Corn Maiden by Chad Quandelacy
Zuni Corn Maiden by Chad Quandelacy

Zuni Corn Maiden by Chad Quandelacy

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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.