This carving by Daniel Chattin has three corn maidens, the sunface and an eagle carved into both sides. The largest corn maiden in the center has three stars around her head, and the two maidens on each side both have a dragonfly protector. The material is a tiger cowry shell which brings the essence of water with them wherever they go.
Size: 3"h x 2 3/4"w x 1 3/4"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.