• Subodh Kerkar

    Maze of Maize

    Maize was domesticated in the Tehuacan valley in Mexico. In late the late 15th or early 16th century, maize was taken by the Portuguese and the Spanish to Europe. The Portuguese then brought it to Goa and from here it went to Africa as well. In Swahili, it is called Mahindi (from India) and is the main ingredient of the staple food, posho. In India maize is the third important food crop after rice and wheat.

    My sculpture depicts Alfonso de Albuquerque wearing armour inspired by maize.

    There is no doubt that maize came from South America. Some scholars, however, argue that maize might have arrived in India in Pre-Columbian days. For example, a 12th century sculpture of Goddess Ambika, in Sravanbelgola in Karnataka depicts her sitting on a lotus seat and holding a corn cob in her left hand. Some scholars consider, however, that it is not corn, but ‘Muktaphala’, an imaginary fruit made of pearls.


    Price: INR 700000
    Medium: Wood
    Size: 166cm x 78cm x 17cm