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Hopi Polychrome Kachina Figure Group

Hopi Polychrome Kachina Figure Group


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1920: Item # 1122561

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A Hopi wood Kachina figure group depicting Koyemsi standing atop Soyoko, circa 1915. Soyoko is an ogre woman "who appears in the evening after the Bean Dance. She visits various houses and asks the boys to hunt game - mice and rats - for her, and threatens that if they do not have some for her in four days' time she will eat them instead. In the same way she requires the girls to prepare for her a paper-thin wafer bread called "piki," made from blue, yellow, or pink corn meal." Koyemsi, the mud head clown, "is the most common Hopi clown. He appears in Mixed Kachina Dances and sometimes a group of Koyemsi appear in a dance of their own." (quotes from "Hopi Kachina Dolls", by Harold Colton). Very Good Condition with minor paint loss consistent with age. 17 1/2" tall.