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Hopi Wilson Tewaquaptewa Kachina Doll

Hopi Wilson Tewaquaptewa Kachina Doll


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1920: Item # 1285666

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-Hopi Polychrome kachina doll by Wilson Tewaquaptewa -One of the earliest works of Wilson Tewaquaptewa c.1915-1920 -Height: 12 and 1/4 inches -Wilson Tewaquaptewa (1871-1960)was the last chief of Old Oraibi. He produced Kachina dolls which are a combination of many dolls and figments of his own imagination. He believed that you didn't carve actual Kachinas for the tourist market. His dolls are usually monochromatic in color (brown, ochre and white and black). He also uses a device of putting many dots in an area, to contrast with a solid area of color. His use of symbols, painted on the case mask, seems to be arbitrary. The dolls which he produced in the 1940s sometimes had carved sashes.