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Inlaid Green Turquoise Corn Maiden by Sandra Quandelacy

130.00
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Inlaid Green Turquoise Corn Maiden by Sandra Quandelacy

130.00

Dual-sided Corn Maiden fetish by master Zuni carver Sandra Quandelacy, green turquoise inlaid with red coral, lapis, onyx and blue turquoise.

Approx: 2 1/2" x 1" x 3/4"
 

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Dual-sided Corn Maiden fetish by master Zuni carver Sandra Quandelacy, green turquoise inlaid with red coral, lapis, onyx and blue turquoise.

Approx: 2 1/2" x 1" x 3/4"
 

Sandra Quandelacy 

The Quandelacy family, considered one of the most prestigious carving families of Zuni Pueblo, carve distinctive sleek, high-polished animals and lovely maidens. Sandra Quandelacy specializes in corn maidens. She is a sister to Faye, who’s maidens have been highly prized for decades. Sandra’s maidens are always outstandingly fine in quality and detail.

Corn Maidens

Corn Maidens, sometimes called the Grandmother of Light or Grandmother of the Sun, represent supernatural beings that gave the gift of corn to the Zuni people. According to Zuni mythology, the Corn Maidens emerged from the Middle World at the same time as the Zuni people. Legends vary at this point, but one story tells of insults and harassment that caused the Corn Maidens to leave the people, taking the village corn. With the Zuni people on the brink of starvation, Paytuma went into the Summer Lands with his painted flute, seeking the Corn Maidens. He found them and greeted them with the music of his song.  As the Maidens greeted him, with a touch of his hand and the breath of his flute, he persuaded the Maidens to follow him back to their deserted people.