Nurturing Corn Mother

By Douglas Martza

Animal: Corn Mother, Material: Picasso Marble
This offering is sold.
Corn has been the major food source for the pueblo people as far back as 2000 BCE. It is no wonder, therefore, that it is considered the "mother" for it feeds and nourishes the Pueblo both physically and spiritually. Corn is used in every blessing, ceremony, and prayer. Here Douglas Martza honors the Corn Mother. Carved from dark Picasso marble, he shows her standing behind the village, ready to provide and nurture. She is adorned with inlaid turquoise and coral jewelry. Turquoise and coral cabochons are inlaid into her nicely incised shawl bordered with Dragonfly designs. The rooves of the houses are held up by tiny turquoise vigas, or wooded beams. Douglas carved tiny windows, bricks, and stairs in the village buildings. Her eyes are inlaid turquoise and her mouth inlaid coral. About 3 1/4" tall, 1 1/2" wide, and 1 1/2" deep.