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Kachina Doll

  • Artist: Henry Shelton, born 1929
  • Culture: Pueblo, Hopi, Native American
  • Medium: Cottonwood root, acrylic pigment, yarn, feathers, shell, hide, cotton, beads
  • Possible Place Made: Oraibi, Third Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • Dates: 1960-1970
  • Dimensions: 16 1/2 x 4 x 8 in. (41.9 x 10.2 x 20.3 cm)  (show scale)
  • Signature: Signed on bottom of base: Henry Shelton Oraibi AZ
  • Collections:Arts of the Americas
  • Museum Location: This item is not on view
  • Accession Number: 2010.6.9
  • Credit Line: Gift of Edith and Hershel Samuels
  • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
  • Caption: Henry Shelton (born 1929). Kachina Doll, 1960-1970. Cottonwood root, acrylic pigment, yarn, feathers, shell, hide, cotton, beads, 16 1/2 x 4 x 8 in. (41.9 x 10.2 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edith and Hershel Samuels, 2010.6.9. Creative Commons-BY
  • Image: front, 2010.6.9_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
  • Catalogue Description: Heart of the Sky God (Sotuknangu) Kachina Doll. Or sometimes referred to as the Star Kachina (Sootukwnang) Master of the Universe. Either way it represents a deity. This is a deity impersonated by elders in certain kiva ceremonies. May also appear in Powamu, Mixed Dances of springtime. Believed to control the dangerous thunderheads, lightening and destructive rain. He wears a peaked hat (with feathers) that represents thunderheads. He holds a representation of the expandable sticks in his PL hand that represent lightening. The PR foot is slightly raised as well as his PR arm and the hand holds a gourd rattle with a four point star on it. He has yarn ties on his wrists and the top of the carved and painted brown boots. PR hand has a rattle His body painted blue, wears a traditional white kilt and sash with a carved fox tail in the back and a leather bandolier with shells crosses over his chest and back. His mask is helmet style with the front painted white and the back green. Black slits with rain drops over them for eyes, hourglass forms on his cheeks and a triangular mouth. The edge of his headdress is trimmed with ruffled yarn. The ears are large red disks with turquoise bead earring loops. This Kachina appears during the Angk'wa, night dances) usually with a mixed Kachina group. In the dance he carries a bull roarer and expandable sticks to make lightening when he dances.
  • Record Completeness: Good (76%)
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