Handcrafted by Zuni Pueblo artist Michael Laweka, this beautifully sculptural fetish features the Corn Maiden, a powerful symbol for the Pueblo people.
This unique two-sided fetish is carved from a black lip mother of pearl shell. Using the natural light and dark side of the shell, Laweka has created a beautiful Corn Maiden figure with turquoise, jet, and coral accents.
This unique piece is a reminder of our connection to the natural and spiritual worlds.
- Corn Maiden fetish handcrafted by Claudia Peina (Zuni)
- Black lip mother of pearl with turquoise, coral, and jet accents
- Traditional Zuni Corn Maiden fetish
- Fetish measures 1-3/4” long x 5” wide x 6” high
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Michael Laweka is a master Zuni fetish carver known for his highly detailed and elegant fetishes. He hand-carves animal and Corn Maiden figures from a variety of premium quality materials, including marble, alabaster, and gemstones.
In Pueblo culture the Corn Maiden is a figure who brought the Pueblo people the gift of corn. Because of the importance of her gift and the role corn plays in sustaining the Pueblo people, she is seen as a symbol of life in Pueblo art. She also represents strength, creation, and wisdom, and is often depicted wearing a traditional tablita headdress.
Fetishes are small carvings that depict animals or other important Native icons. Many tribes and Pueblos of the Southwest are known for making fetishes, but this ancient art form is most closely associated with the Zuni, who are considered the most skilled fetish carvers.
Early Zuni fetishes were called Ahlashiwe, or stone ancients. Traditionally, they depict wolves, bears, mountain lions, eagles, frogs, rabbits, fish, corn maidens, and myriad other animals.
The Zuni people believe that the skills and qualities of the animal reside in these fetishes and can bring some of the animals’ power to their keeper. They are often part of ceremonies and serve as a powerful connection to nature and the spirit world.Read our Native American Carvings Collector's Guide.
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