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The six sacred directions and the Center Place directly coorelates to the seven colors of corn plants and the seven Corn Maidens who were turned into divinities.Their godfather, the flute player, ws a part of the three divinities that transformed the Corn Maidens into supernatural beings. In the earle world the godfather flute player played his flute while the young men sang and the Corn Maidens ground corn. The songs were prayers for the return of warmth and vegetation. The flute player is also the God of Dawn and morning Dew, and the elements of early light and moisture are deemed necessary to the growth of corn. (From "The Mythic World of the Zuni", Cushing and Wright, 1988).
Once the corn seed is planted, the plant grows, is nurtured to harvest, dried and processed from the cob the task of grinding the corn into meal is a community-wide event. In the photographic record of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are images of the Puebloan process of ngrinding dreid corn kernels into corn meal for use in both cooking and ceremony. And that grinding as ceremony is protrayed in this fetish sculpture by Zuni carver Randy Lucio.
Made from Utah Picasso marble this grinding maiden is dressed in all her finery and her elaborate robe is inlaid with jet, turquoise and Mother-of-pearl sunfaces along with turquoise, red coral and jet decorative accents. Her legs are bound above the Sleeping Beauty turquoise conchoed mocassins with incised cloth to keep out the cold. Her hairdo is a traditional cut with double pigtails bound with a barrette and decorated with red coral, turquoise and jet jewels. She dons a necklace inlaid of Sleeping Beauty turquoise and her eyes are inlaid of jet. Her mouth is inlaid of red coral. Her pestle is made of black and gray Picasso marble and the metate is made of a brown variety of Picasso, as is the olla filled with turquoise corn meal. The corn cobs are made from white Mother-of-pearl and both the olla and metate are initialed RL on their bottoms. The maiden herself is signed RANDY LUCIO on the bottom.
There is a lot going on in this three-part fetish diorama sculpture. The intensive labor is readily recogniseable by all who enjoy the process, materials and the end product, and the love that Randy instilled into this wonderful piece of Zuni atrwork. Modern sculptures from Zuni Pueblo of this quality blend wonderfully with the pieces from the great masters of the past in a modern fetish collection. Randy's carvings are just such a fusion piece of the present for you to blend with your past treasures. Add this present to your holiday wish list!
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Item: Corn Grinder with Metate and Olla
Dimensions: 2 3/8"L x 2 3/8"T x 7/8"W
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