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A Hopi Rare Hano Style Clown Possibly by Wilson Tewaquotewa

A Hopi Rare Hano Style Clown Possibly by Wilson Tewaquotewa


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1920: Item # 1367731

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A Hano style clown attributed to the carver Wilson Tewaquotewa(1871-1960), 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. c.1920-1930, 9 1/4" height x 1 7/8" width