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Southwest Native American Arts and Jewelry in Taos since 1982

Vintage Coral Corn Maiden by Sandra Quandelacy

855.00
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Vintage Coral Corn Maiden by Sandra Quandelacy

855.00

Dual-sided Corn Maiden fetish finely carved from apple coral inlaid with malachite, onyx and blue turquoise. Carved by master Zuni carver Sandra Quandelacy, at the height of her career in the 1990s. 

Approx: 3.875 " x 2" x 1"

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Dual-sided Corn Maiden fetish finely carved from apple coral inlaid with malachite, onyx and blue turquoise. Carved by master Zuni carver Sandra Quandelacy, at the height of her career in the 1990s. 

Approx: 3.875 " x 2" x 1"

Faye Quandelacy

Faye quandelacy, daughter of the famed Ellen and Dixie Quandelacy, is one of the most recognized and collected Zuni fetish carvers, along with her brothers and sisters (Andres, Avery,  Sandra, Dickie, Stewart and Georgia). She is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and is known world wide as an accomplished carver. Faye often carves the three stages of womanhood: the Maiden, the Mother, and the Wise Elder.

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.