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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
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 03.325.4610
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 (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
IMAGE overall, 03.325.4610_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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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.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (73%)
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