Kachina Doll (Homshekwah)
Arts of the Americas
Wood, pigment, feathers, leather, metal, wool yarn, cotton
late 19th century
21 x 6 3/8 x 3 in. (53.3 x 16.2 x 7.6 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Museum Expedition 1907, Museum Collection Fund
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She-we-na (Zuni Pueblo). Kachina Doll (Homshekwah), late 19th century. Wood, pigment, feathers, leather, metal, wool yarn, cotton, 21 x 6 3/8 x 3 in. (53.3 x 16.2 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1907, Museum Collection Fund, 07.467.8427. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 07.467.8427_acetate_bw.jpg)
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This Kachina may represent the one of the Hemushikwe who appear on the last day of the Shalako performances when the Shalako was traditionally given by the Muhewa Kiva.There are six of these impersonators, one for each kiva. The colors and symbols used in the tablita, or headdress, relate to the sky or sky elements. The body has earth elements. The mask may change but always contains symbols and colors that relate to clouds and from where the rain comes.
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