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Hopi Lenang Flute Kachina
A Volz type Hopi cottonwood doll depicting the Lenang Flute Kachina, circa 1901. With a flower headdress, painted necklace, carrying a rattle in the left hand and an ornament in the right, painted kilt and moccasins. On the back is a dance bustle with red horse hair and a kachina face in relief. Excellent Condition, with minor paint loss. 10 1/4" tall. About Volz: In 1901, an Indian trader named Frederick Volz sold 400 Hopi Kachina dolls to the Fred Harvey Company. These were the first dolls which were made specifically for the tourist market, and now many major museums have them in their collections. At that time, it was difficult to obtain kachina dolls from the pueblos, but Volz was successful in acquiring such dolls for eastern museums. Due to his proximity to First Mesa, these "Volz dolls" display Zuni influenced characteristics: A Zuni-like proportion, long, articulated arms which are carved separately and attached with nails or pegs (this particular example has arms carved from the main block of wood, but there are always aberrant examples in any particular type), a flaring A-line skirt, elaborate costumes, and carries ritual objects in their hands.


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