Zuni Fetishes

Zuni Carved Corn Maiden Fetish


Zuni Carved Corn Maiden Fetish complete with tablita (head piece) was carved from alabaster with turquoise & coral necklace by James Cheama.

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Zuni Carved Corn Maiden Fetish

by James Cheama

This beautiful Zuni Corn Maiden complete with tablita (head piece) was carved from alabaster with turquoise and coral necklace by Zuni Fetish carver James Cheama. A fabulous piece of artwork by this carver. Just as a mother nurtures her newborn, the Corn Maiden is honored for nurturing her people with the flesh of her body, the sweet corn.

Corn is the symbol of sustenance, the staff of life and is an important symbol of many tribes. Corn is considered a gift from the Great Spirit so its role is both as a food and a ceremonial object. … The corn maiden gives of her own body to feed her family and provides seeds which ensure a continued source of food.



2.75 in. tall


James Cheama–7292

Fetishes are carved into different animals and supernatural spirits, each a significant symbol to the Zuni people. The animals and spirits depicted through these fetishes were believed to have certain characteristics that could be transferred into the carvings themselves. If you owned a fetish, you would then inherit the respective properties that your fetish represents. However, until the carving is blessed by a Zuni spiritual leader, it remains an intricately carved piece of art.


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