To Pueblo people, corn is the equivalent of the buffalo to Plains tribes: the symbol of life itself, bringing good health, happiness, and abundance.
Therefore, corn maidens are considered very good luck symbols, and also tokens of gratitude for that divine gift.
This beautiful Corn Maiden and daughter is carved from one piece of Gold Lipped Mother of Pearl.
Their long hair is carved in a tapered form, with parallel lines suggestive of rainfall (necessary for corn to thrive).
Each one wears a blanket, crossed over in front, and decorated with “embroidery” at the edges. Black jet is inlaid for their eyes.
Tiny little domes of stabilized turquoise embellish each maiden, adding sparks of bright and vibrant color. Their eyes are made of black jet, and their mouths are tiny drops of apple coral.
Coral and turquoise symbolize the earth, and the sky and water, respectively; combined, they balance nature.
This is a beautiful and traditional carving of an iconic symbol of good luck.
Small, but vibrant enough to command attention, it will brighten your shelf, table, mantel, or desk.