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    Wildcat (Tokotsi) Kachina Doll

    • Artist: Henry Shelton, born 1929
    • Culture: Pueblo, Hopi, Native American
    • Medium: Cottonwood root, fur, acrylic pigment, hide, feathers, wood, metal, turquoise
    • Place Made: Oraibi, Third Mesa, Arizona, United States
    • Dates: 1960-1970
    • Dimensions: 21 3/8 x 10 3/4 x 12 in. (54.3 x 27.3 x 30.5 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: H. Shelton on the bottom
    • Collections:Arts of the Americas
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 2010.6.5
    • Credit Line: Gift of Edith and Hershel Samuels
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Henry Shelton (born 1929). Wildcat (Tokotsi) Kachina Doll, 1960-1970. Cottonwood root, fur, acrylic pigment, hide, feathers, wood, metal, turquoise, 21 3/8 x 10 3/4 x 12 in. (54.3 x 27.3 x 30.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edith and Hershel Samuels, 2010.6.5. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, CUR.2010.6.5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
    • Catalogue Description: Wildcat (Tokotski) Kachina Doll. This Kachina has a body carved from one piece of cottonwood root. He is positioned with his PL leg and PL arm raised, slightly crouching. His kilt and sash with a fox tail hanging down the back are carved root. His cape is spotted fur. He wears a carved turtle rattle on the PR leg ankle. His hide bandolier is decorated with shells. He has a hide fringe on top of painted on boots. The white head mask has a snout with bared teeth, black goggle eyes set in a brown "bandit" type mask and he has black cat paws painted on his cheeks. Top of the mask has feathers. He has large red ears. Wildcat Kachina appears by itself during Angk'wa (a series of night dances). His prayers are for rain to increase their wildcat numbers so the Hopi can have more pelts.
    • Record Completeness: Good (76%)
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