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Kachina Doll

Arts of the Americas

CULTURE Pueblo, Hopi
MEDIUM Cottonwood root, acrylic paint, yarn, feather, fur, leather, cotton
DATES 1960–1970
DIMENSIONS 17 x 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. (43.2 x 14.6 x 21 cm)
SIGNATURE signed on base Henry Shelton Oraibi Az with an arrow
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Gift of Edith and Hershel Samuels
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Unknown type of Kachina Doll (possibly a Whippers Uncle (Tungwup) Taahaamo). This Kachina stands on both feet with PR arm slightly rose holding a white cane with a feather dangling from it. His PL arm is lower and carries a painted pouch and decorated flat "wand" which has feathers dangling from it. His entire shirt is wood, white and long sleeved with with black yarn ties at his wrists. He has a braided black yarn bandolier across chest from right to left. Wears the traditional Hopi skirt and sash with a carved fox tail in the back. He crouches a bit but both feet are down on base. His mask is helmet style, black with goggle eyes and a fierce open shark-like mouth showing red with white teeth. He has two straight horns, blue with feathers on the tips. Around his face is a white cotton ruff across the top and a fur ruff along the bottom. In the back of his head he has brown striped feathers.
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