Kachina Doll (Poos’hum)

Artist:Hopi Pueblo

Medium: Wood, pigment, feathers, fiber, string

Dates:late 19th century

Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 9 x 2 1/2 in. (29.2 x 22.9 x 6.4 cm)



Accession Number: 04.297.5604

Catalogue Description:
This Kachina is probably Poos'hum, a seed bringing kachina. He appears in the villages around the time the fields need to be planted. He brings seeds of all kinds that have been blessed by the supernatural gods. The squares along his cheeks of his face indicate the corn seeds. Both ears appear to be reattached. Feathers on top of head in poor condition. This kachina doll is carved from one piece of wood. The body is painted red with one yellow stripe and one blue down each side of the chest. The arms have yellow sleeves. The face mask is painted with slit eyes and trisected by red on one side, blue in center, yellow on other side. It has tattered feather headdress. Originally Stewart Culin, collecting curator, thought this kachina was Ma'alo but it does not have the characteristic face or ears of that kachina.

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