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Kachina Doll (Palhikmana)

Arts of the Americas

CULTURE Hopi Pueblo
MEDIUM Wood, pigment
DATES late 19th century
DIMENSIONS 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This Kachina doll is probably Palhikmana based on the shape of the rectangular eyes, headdress and face design. It has a Tihu style body- that is a flat, rectangular form. It is wearing the cloud form headdress. This style of Kachina is usually given to young children during a dance. Palhikmana is a female dancer that appears during the Night Dances as a Polimana or Butterfly Maiden or can appear as a corn grinding maiden. Her role is to dance with a male partner accompanied by songs from the Mudhead. Women who are in the initiation dance for the Marau Society, a women's society, are also called Palhikmana.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Hopi Pueblo. Kachina Doll (Palhikmana), late 19th century. Wood, pigment, 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund, 04.297.5535. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 04.297.5535.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 04.297.5535.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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