Hopi Pueblo. <em>Kachina Doll (Paiakyamu)</em>, late 19th century. Wood, pigment, 11 x 3 1/2 x 3 3/16 in. (27.9 x 8.9 x 8.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund, 04.297.5525. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 04.297.5525_transp6241.jpg)

Kachina Doll (Paiakyamu)

Artist:Hopi Pueblo

Medium: Wood, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th century

Dimensions: 11 x 3 1/2 x 3 3/16 in. (27.9 x 8.9 x 8.1 cm)

Collections:

Museum Location: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor

Accession Number: 04.297.5525

Image: 04.297.5525_transp6241.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
This is a painted Koshare clown kachina doll with a sad face. During ceremonies clowns provide much fun and merriment but they also do personify supernatural beings and serve an important social function. They serve as every person’s social conscious and are quick to ridicule and point out transgressions through their antics. No one is safe from their ridicule Hopi and non-Hopi individuals alike.

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