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Kachina Doll (Nathlashe [Clown])

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Wood, pigment, wool, cotton
DATES late 19th century
DIMENSIONS 16 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. ( 40.5 cm H)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 03.325.4601
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION She-we-na (Zuni Pueblo) (Native American). Kachina Doll (Nathlashe [Clown]), late 19th century. Wood, pigment, wool, cotton, 16 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. ( 40.5 cm H). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund, 03.325.4601. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE group, 03.325.4601_03.325.4602_03.325.4606.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This is a mudhead clown kachina with no wool neck collar and but does have a wool skirt. It is the far right kachina in the photograph.HAs deeply carved mouth and ears. Koyemshi Kachina (Mudhead) Clowns Koyemshi Kachinas, or Mudheads were created when the Zuni first entered the world. One brother and sister had improper relations so their ten children became Mudheads. Each Mudhead exhibits behavior opposite to what their name is. Thus “The Aged One” acts like a child, “The Invisible One,” thinks he is hiding if he only holds up a feather in front of his face, while the all-important “Speaker of the Sun” is really a witless daydreamer and rarely speaks. A troop of ten different Mudhead Kachinas appear in most Zuni ceremonies performing outrageous behaviors and interacting with the audience, making them laugh but also making people realize how wrong such behavior really is as the clowns are eventually chased away.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (75%)
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