A most unusual pottery corn maiden by one of the foremost Jemez potters of today, Glendora Fragua.
In Native American culture, the corn maiden is the symbol of nurturing and growth. The body of this lovely pottery maiden has a large corn stalk up the middle of her body and is surrounded with rain and sun symbols. The Corn Maiden brought the gift of corn to the pueblo people; and she represents strength, creation, and wisdom. Her tablita has dragonflies and water symbols on either side, representing water and rebirth. The four crosses reflect the designs on the corn maiden. The pottery corn maiden with tablita is totally handmade and painted.
This beautiful and unique maiden is framed and matted in complementary colors of cream, gold and bronze. The black shadow box is 15 ¼” x 12” x 2 ½” while the corn maiden is approximately 7” x 2” x ½”.
Glendora Fragua, known to be among the finest of potters of her generation, has a huge collection of blue ribbons and has won virtually every major award within the Native American pottery field for her outstanding and highly creative work. I love this piece –nobody else is doing anything like it!
Condition: Excellent – original – new.
Provenance: Purchased from the artist following 2019 Heard Museum Indian Market