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Kachina Doll (Kokopol)

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
Kokopelli is one of several spiritual beings, identified as Kachinas, who live among the Hopi during a six-month religious cycle each year. Depicted with a humpback full of seeds and normally unclothed, Kokopelli represents fertility for all life forms. In the Hopi tradition, men become these spirits by donning the specific Kachina religious paraphernalia. While performing rituals and dances, these spiritual Kachinas may give Kachina dolls to women, girls, and young boys in order to include them in the ceremonies, protect them, and assist their learning the Hopi religion.
CULTURE Hopi Pueblo
MEDIUM Wood, pigment, cotton, wool, hide, feathers, horsehair
DATES late 19th century (probably)
DIMENSIONS 13 x 5 3/4 in. (33 x 14.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund
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CAPTION Hopi Pueblo. Kachina Doll (Kokopol), late 19th century (probably). Wood, pigment, cotton, wool, hide, feathers, horsehair, 13 x 5 3/4 in. (33 x 14.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund, 04.297.5575. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 04.297.5575_cropped_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 04.297.5575_cropped_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Male kachina doll Kokopelli, with horsehair and large feather attached to top of his head. His face is black with white horizontal stripes for eyes and a white vertical stripe bisecting his face. The nose is cone-shaped and painted with pattern of horizontal stripes, the body is decorated in red and light green. Belt is wide and made of white cotton twine. Right hand holds rattle. Back is carved as a hunchback. Condition: Surface wear.
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