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Hopi Koyemsi Mud Head Clown


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1920: Item # 1309061

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-Reddish brown sack mask to which are fastened three gourds, one on top and one over each ear, and painted reddish brown. Rag ruff. Kilt made from a woman’s old dress. Body painted with red-brown clay. He carries a feather and a rattle. Koyemsi 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. At First Mesa they are said to sing Zuni songs. - Provenance: Wendell Gates professor, artist, Santa Cruz, CA, purchased while in Denver, CO, in the 1940s. -Height: 7.75 inches -Width: 2 inches -c.1890