Kachina Doll (Kokopol, Kokopelli)
Arts of the Americas
Wood, pigment, feathers, string
late 19th century
1 3/4 x 3 1/16 x 6 11/16in. (4.5 x 7.8 x 17cm)
Other: 1 3/4 x 3 1/16 x 6 11/16in. (4.5 x 7.8 x 17cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact email@example.com
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopi Pueblo (Native American). Kachina Doll (Kokopol, Kokopelli), late 19th century. Wood, pigment, feathers, string, 1 3/4 x 3 1/16 x 6 11/16in. (4.5 x 7.8 x 17cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund, 04.297.5595. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.04.297.5595_front.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
This Kachina represents Kokopelli, who has a hump back. He has several functions and appears during Ang'wa, the Kachina night dances held in March during the religious cycle. He appears either by himself or with mixed Kachinas. He represents a fertility spirit, for assisting the growth and sustaining abundant life for all -plants and humans. Normally represented as wearing no clothes as seen here. His penis is normally shown as a mark of respect for his fertility powers. This Kokopelli has the rounded form with a humpback (representing the seeds he carries. Helmet style mask, black with pointed nose, oval eyes open on the sides and dots for eyebrows. PR arm is raised; PL arm has been broken off and pinned back on. His chest and back are primarily yellow with red legs and painted black boots.Orange feathers on top of his head.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.