Todd Westika Ironwood Corn Maiden


Item Number: DR 3109
Pueblo: Zuni Pueblo
Artist: Todd Westika
Medium: Ironwood, sterling silver and turquoise
Age: 2018
Dimensions: 3 ¼” X 1 ¼”



This marvelous maiden by Todd Westika is carved from ironwood. Her face is inlaid sterling silver and around her neck are small inlaid pieces of sleeping beauty turquoise. Her body has been enhanced with carvings of corn stalks, dragonflies. The pattern etchings of the corn in her midsection indicate she is a mother – a giver of life. The corn maiden is symbolic of the Zuni legend in which she saved the Zuni tribe from starvation. In Zuni today, the Corn Maidens appear in the spring and bring food offerings for Ceremonies and other rituals. She assures the Zunis a plentiful harvest.

The Ironwood tree, also known as Olneya tesota is native to the Sonora Desert. Ironwood is similar to ebony in that it is dark, dense and very hard. Its grain is very straight. For this reason there are few air bubbles and unlike other woods, ironwood sinks in water.

Condition: Excellent – original condition – new
Provenance: Purchased from the artist

Additional information

Weight 4 oz