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Large Hopi Polychrome Wood Female Figure

Large Hopi Polychrome Wood Female Figure


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1086626

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Probably a representation of Hahai-i Wu-uti, the "Kachina Mother", who appears as a principal actor in the "Water Serpent Ceremony", and at other dances, such as the "Niman Kachina Dance", of unusually large scale, standing on diminutive legs with arms bent and held to the front in typical dancing posture, wearing traditional black dress, woven sash with crisscrosses, and white manta draped over the right shoulder and at the front, her sculpted head with flattened facial plane, perpendicular nose and overhanging browline, red circles on the white cheeks, close-set eyes, and smooth black coiffure parted down the center, bound in two exaggerated whorls. Provenance: Traphagen School of Fashion, New York (Sotheby's, November 28, 1989, lot no. 43). Dimensions: 13 1/2" tall.