Hopi Tribe, Qaletaqa Kachina $48,000>

The kachina dolls made by the Hopi, the native inhabitants of what is now Northeastern Arizona, represent benevolent spirits that reside on sacred mesas and mountains. Often carved from dried cottonwood roots, such figures would have been given to children as part of their religious training and are revered as intermediaries between supernatural and worldly realms.


DESIGNER/

Hopi Tribe

DATE/

1890

MATERIALS/

Carved cottonwood wearing a faded gray cotton kilt with black bottom border and red, brown and black striped, fringed cloth sash, body painted with double line motif, wearing red cloth leggings and black painted moccasins, while linen cape tied at neck, case mask with black band along bottom border and repeated double horizontal line motif around crown, slit eyes, protruding split beak with red and black painted decoration, red ear ornaments.

DIMENSIONS/

12.7 x 7.62 x 33.02 cm

STYLE/

Historic

HERITAGE/

United States

SHIPS FROM/

Santa Fe

$48,000