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Hopi Koyemsi (The Mud head) Puppet

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1940: Item # 1396985

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Articulated Mud head puppet carved by Henry Seeni. Similar example in Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado. 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. Height 6" X Width at the shoulder 2"