This wonderful group of five corn maidens was carved out of green turquoise by Chad Quandelacy. The maidens have carved flowers and inlaid dots of turquoise and coral. Chad is the son of Stewart Quandelacy. Zuni tradition credits the Corn Maidens for saving the Zuni from starvation after their crops were destroyed by witches. Other maidens usually represent Zuni and Hopi women.Fetish carvings are made in numerous styles and materials and are representative of a vast array of animals and figures since artists and carvers have become more creative and varied. Carving fetishes has developed into one of the most collectible art forms of the Zuni Tribe today. Fetishes are still made and used in homes, for special purposes and religious ceremony. They originally came from the belief that when a stone resembled a certain animal, the power of that animal resided in the stone. Sometimes after finding such a stone, carving a bit of the stone to bring out more of the animal resemblance was done.
Height: 2", Width: 1.25", Depth: 0.75"