"Strength is mine, and I give it to whosoever may get me; comfort also... I was born of the beautiful plant of the earth; for the dew fell on the leaf, and the sun warmed the dew, and warmth was life, and that life is I." - story of the Corn Maiden as told by Mrs. Joseph Nicolar, Penobscot.
A lovely blue Corn Maiden has been hand carved by Zuni artist Kateri Sanchez out of a solid piece of Kingman mine turquoise. She is ribboned with beautiful swirls of chocolate brown Matrix that grounds her to the Earth. Cloaked in her traditional shawl she has been lovingly carved, and no detail has been spared down to the tiny fringe of her bangs and ancestral Hopi Maiden Butterfly buns. A tiny handmade Coral cabochon is inlaid at her throat on both sides, and her experssion is one of serenity. This maiden is full of spirit with a silky feel and a soft feminine energy.
Arriving to you bundled with four enigmatic half pan watercolors in the following hues to compliment this Corn Maiden and inspire your own unique pathways.
1 x Winterberry gemstone
1 x Sienne Brulee
1 x Tau
1 x Charcoal Black
Size is 37mm in height by 18mm at her widest point, and she is 8mm thick.
Corn is the crown of the Earth Mother, and is an important staple food for some Native Indigenous tribes. Symbolically corn represents abundance, nurturance and fertile growth. Bearing the colors of the four directions, yellow, blue/black, red and white it is a plant that is revered for the sacred nourishment that it brings. Corn Maidens are welcomed and displayed inside the home to show respect to the Earth Mother for the many gifts and blessings that she bestows.
"There's a story about how the six corn maiden sisters saved the Zuni people from famine long ago by feeding them the kernels of their body during a time of drought. They were taken for granted and left the Zuni village and when the people realized they'd gone it was too late. So they sought them out and begged them to return, but they agreed only on the condition that they not be taken for granted again. So we use corn in many aspects of our culture. When a baby is born, he or she is given a perfect ear of corn that's been blessed and is kept with the baby for protection. We grind corn into cornmeal that we use as offerings in prayers and ceremonies. These are just a few examples but because corn is so important to the Zuni people, the corn maiden reflects these things for me. They also represent abundance, fertility, and growth."
- Kateri Sanchez
This Blue Turquoise Corn Maiden will arrive beautifully giftwrapped with white sage and a pinch of corn meal for her journey to you in our signature artisan presentation as a complimentary gift.
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