A tablita corn-maiden
is carved from a super cool fossil stone, orthoceras. This was a cephalopod that thrived in ancient waters. Kateri Quandelacy Sanchez set the orthoceras fossil just right to highlight an incised corn
body. In Zuni Pueblo tradition long ago, corn maidens saved the Zunis from famine and drought by nourishing them with sacred corn kernels from their bodies. An etched and darkened with jet paste face is from overlaid gold lip shell and a headdress called a "tablita" in beautifully etched with cornstalks
flanked by lovely Dragonflies
. About 4" tall, 2" wide and 5/8" deep.