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Rare Volz-Type Hopi Two-Horned Kachina Doll

Rare Volz-Type Hopi Two-Horned Kachina Doll


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1910: Item # 1204577

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A large, rare, Volz-type Hopi Kachina depicting the Two-Horned Deity, circa 1901. Case mask marked by back-swept horns, pothook eyes, and rainclouds painted on the cheeks. DIMENSIONS: 16 1/2" tall. Some history on Volz-type dolls: 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. Most of the major museums have these dolls in their collections, including The Heye Foundation, The Field Museum, The Museum of Natural History, The University of Pennsylvania Museum, among others. John Erickson suggests that because Frederick Volz was located at Canyon Diablo near First Mesa (which received many influences from Zuni pueblo), perhaps these "Volz dolls" were similarly influenced by the Zuni. Erickson also states that some of these dolls were made at Oraibi on Third Mesa.