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Kachina Doll (Awethlu-ye-ya)

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Wood, hide, feather, fur, string, cloth, plant stems
DATES late 19th century
DIMENSIONS 16 3/4 x 6 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (42.5 x 15.9 x 13.3 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The name of this kachina is by Stewart Culin and may not be correct. This kachina has a corrugated fabric snake wrapped around his neck from front to back. He wears a fabric skirt painted with geometrics and tied with a sash. The shoes are made from hide, painted blue with reddish dark cuffs. He carries stick staffs in his hands, and wears leather fringed armbands around each arm and a fur cape. His chest and lower legs are painted red. His helmet style mask has a small, flat, painted head projecting like a horn on the proper right side. The ears of the mask are flat pieces with feathers sticking through as if earrings. There is a grid across the face of the mask with a zig zag line for a mouth. A black hair beard flows below the lower mask. Fur and feather remnants are across the top of the head.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION A:shiwi (Zuni Pueblo). Kachina Doll (Awethlu-ye-ya), late 19th century. Wood, hide, feather, fur, string, cloth, plant stems, 16 3/4 x 6 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (42.5 x 15.9 x 13.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund, 03.325.4610. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 03.325.4610_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 03.325.4610_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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