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Michael Mahooty: Mother of Pearl with Turquoise Inlay, Butterfly Maiden

Michael Mahooty: Mother of Pearl with Turquoise Inlay, Butterfly Maiden


The lustrous shine of the mother of pearl gives her an ethereal glow that catches your eye. But that's not all – she's perched gracefully on a turquoise butterfly, delicately carved with intricate details that lend it a lifelike quality. The butterfly's vibrant blue hue beautifully complements the shimmering white of the maiden, creating a stunning visual contrast. And here's the cherry on top – tiny dots made from inlaid materials dotting the maiden, adding another layer of intricacy and charm to this handcrafted masterpiece. It's truly an object that embodies both grace and nature's beauty simultaneously – just breathtaking!

Corn Maiden (A:dow e:washdok'i): In the Zuni Pueblo the three stages of woman are recognized as:

  • Maiden, symbolizing potential
  • Mother, the life giver
  • Grandmother, the wise elder

Usually the maiden fetish will be emerging from corn (the corn maiden) or she will have whorls of hair on the side of her head, signifying that she has not had a child. The mother fetish also can be emerging from the corn (the corn mother) and she will have children with her or look pregnant. The grandmother usually has a shawl over her head and no corn represented on her body.

Dimensions: Length 1 11/16" X Width 1 3/8" X Height 1 3/4" Donated 

Regular price $95.00 USD
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