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Ray Tsalate: Elk Horn, Grandmother Maiden

Ray Tsalate: Elk Horn, Grandmother Maiden


The figure is beautifully carved, capturing the essence of strength, grace, and wisdom. Every curve and line tells a story, symbolizing a deep connection with nature and ancestral roots. You can't help but admire Tsalate's attention to detail as he breathes life into this exquisite piece. It serves as a constant reminder of our rich history and pays homage to the enduring spirit of an extraordinary artist at work.

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: 1/2" X Width: 5/8" X Height: 1 3/8" Purchased 

Regular price $250.00 USD
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