Kachina Doll (Ahuta Shelowa)
Arts of the Americas
Feathers, fur, yarn, cloth, hide, wood, string, pigment, nails
late 19th century
(40.0 x 10.1 x 12.8 cm)
without feathers: (39.2 cm H) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund
This item is not on view
She-we-na (Zuni Pueblo). Kachina Doll (Ahuta Shelowa), late 19th century. Feathers, fur, yarn, cloth, hide, wood, string, pigment, nails, (40.0 x 10.1 x 12.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund, 03.325.4622. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 03.325.4622_bw.jpg)
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What type of wood and paint is used in these?
Cottonwood root is the most common wood used in kachina figures. Another wood sometimes used is pinon wood.
The type of paint most likely varies, depending on the age of the piece. The newer the figure is, the more likely that the paints are commercial paints (purchased), but in older pieces, the colors were made from plant and mineral pigments.