This vintage carved fetish is by Paul Toya of Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico. The piece is of a Pueblo corn maiden, an important figure in Native American cultures, as their civilizations depended on the success of corn crops; hence, corn and its harvest play a big role in Native American Indian tradition and folklore. According to tradition, "Corn Maidens were created in the palm of the right hand of the Great Spirit as guides for the people of the Earth. People were not always able to determine from among the many plants and animals on the Earth what was good for them to eat—what would nourish them vs. what would harm them. So the Corn Maidens were sent to give each clan a single seed of corn that, if properly cared for, would feed and sustain them. The people took their seeds of corn and planted them in the ground, making a small mound around them. The Corn Maidens sang a song that inspired love and faith in the people. Some people began to tend to the small mound, offering water and caressing the soil around the seed. Slowly, the corn grew, breaking through the Earth. Like a child, the plant grew strong and beautiful with the love and prayers provided by the people. As the plant grew, the people began to realize how cared for they were by the Great Spirit, and their faith grew, too. As their faith grew, mature ears of corn sprouted from the plant. With the people having the food they needed, the Corn Maidens were no longer needed, and so they returned to their spirit form." This corn maiden is small yet not tiny, and it is set upon a teak wood base. The artist signed the bottom and noted that it is carved of Utah Alabaster. There is small turquoise seed bead at the mouth. The feather on the back is separating from wear, but otherwise is in good condition. .
The overall sculpture including base is 6" tall with the base measuring 2-1/2" wide by 2" deep. The fetish is 4-1/2" tall by about 1-1/4" wide and 3/4" deep. Some small scuffs along the edge, and again that feather is separating on one side.
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