This is an exceptional and rare piece of Zuni history carved by the great Daniel Chattin. He is known for his magical corn maidens and this golden abalone gem is no exception. This stunning maiden has swirling carved hair that wraps to the inner ear of the shell, every square millimeter of this piece is covered in delicate carvings. Her eyes are delicately inlaid onyx and she has a stunning piece of red coral as her adornment. This is the ONLY Daniel Chattin piece available on Etsy and one of the few available for sale online. RARE.
Corn Maiden- Corn Maiden represents strength, creation, and wisdom. A wonderful gift for the artist in your life, also a lovely gift for mothers sisters and girlfriends.
This maiden is carved by the amazing Daniel Chattin.
Daniel Chattin began to carve in 1995, with the strong support of Jovanna and her family. “I am a self-taught carver,” he says. “One day I picked up a stone and saw a buffalo in it, then found another stone with a bear inside.” He quickly moved on to corn maidens, drawn by their importance to Zuni culture and their peacefulness. Soon he and Jovanna saw how his carvings could be incorporated into her necklaces, and their artistic collaboration was born. A self-taught carver who has his own very distinctive style, Daniel is mostly known for his maidens and birds, although he also carves old style bears, coyotes, eagles and the buffalos. Daniel loves the challenge that comes with new materials, experimenting with glass, crystal, wood, silver, gem stones, or anything else that catches his eye. “When I see a stone, I see what it could be, how it should look,” he explains. “It always amazes me that even before I start carving I can see what it could be, and that it becomes a beautiful carving after all my work.” Daniel uses a dremel for carving stone or shell, or a diamond wheel for hard stones, but he prefers to do his sanding and finishing by hand.
Fetishes represent unique and very personal gifts, they are wonderful for the holidays, as congratulations for life changing events and more. All of our totems described as *micro* totems are guaranteed to fit on a quarter. Micro totems are considered harder to carve as there is much less space to capture the expressive nature of the animals they represent. No matter how small or large a totem is giving away a piece of your heart and because they are carved by hand they are 100% unique, you can rest assured no one will EVER have the same fetish you have purchased.
American Indians have used fetishes throughout history. Fetishes are believed to hold magical powers and protect the owner or craftsmen from problems of mind or body. Some believe that their powers can even protect against problems of the universe. It is also believed that the care a fetish receives is directly related to the protection it will provide. Indians believe that fetishes must be properly cared for. They are given offerings of cornmeal and kept in special turquoise covered fetish pots or pouches. Often fetishes are adorned with turquoise, arrowheads and feathers. These are offerings to the fetish for gifts received or anticipated.
The Ivory Toad is proud to represent more than 30 Native American Artists, offer recycled and eco-friendly packaging, package all items in boxes for safety, and offer the finest curated gifts on the internet!
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