Mau-i (A:shiwi (Zuni Pueblo)). <em>Kachina Doll (Thlecheche)</em>, late 19th-early 20th century. Feathers, buffalo fur, wood, pigment, cotton, yarn, 16 1/4 × 6 1/2 × 4 3/4 in. (41.3 × 16.5 × 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund, 04.297.5333. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.04.297.5333_front.jpg)

Kachina Doll (Thlecheche)


Medium: Feathers, buffalo fur, wood, pigment, cotton, yarn

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th-early 20th century

Dimensions: 16 1/4 × 6 1/2 × 4 3/4 in. (41.3 × 16.5 × 12.1 cm)


Accession Number: 04.297.5333

Image: CUR.04.297.5333_front.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
It is difficult to identify this kachina. His feathered ruff and blue mask would indicate the Blue Warrior of the West (Salimopia Thlian'ona however his round eyes, arched brows, and markings on his mask- snakes, dragonflies-are not this warrior’s attributes. This Kachina has a helmet style mask, blue with large round black eyes with curved eyebrows either side. His nose is a cylindrical snout flanked with a black snake either side. Each side of the helmet mask has a black dragonfly design. Wears a cloth skirt with yarn ties, painted on boots. He has a large black feathered ruff around his neck and striped brown feathers on his head. Back of head has a dragonfly on it.

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