Kachina Doll (Paiakyamu)
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
late 19th century
11 x 3 1/2 x 3 3/16 in. (27.9 x 8.9 x 8.1 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund
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Hopi Pueblo. Kachina Doll (Paiakyamu), late 19th century. Wood, pigment, 11 x 3 1/2 x 3 3/16 in. (27.9 x 8.9 x 8.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund, 04.297.5525. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 04.297.5525_transp6241.jpg)
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This is a painted Koshare clown kachina doll with a sad face. During ceremonies clowns provide much fun and merriment but they also do personify supernatural beings and serve an important social function. They serve as every person’s social conscious and are quick to ridicule and point out transgressions through their antics. No one is safe from their ridicule Hopi and non-Hopi individuals alike.
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