Kachina Doll (Kokopol, Kokopelli)
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
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)
Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund
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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
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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.
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