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Hopi Polychrome Wood Katsina Doll by Wilson Tewaquaptewa

Hopi Polychrome Wood Katsina Doll by Wilson Tewaquaptewa


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1920: Item # 1387336

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A large katsina with a tabletta depicting ears of corn. The carver Wilson Tewaquaptewa(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 Katsinas 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. ca. 1920 Height 11.25" X Width at the shoulders 4.25"