Kachina Doll (Ma-hey-ten-na-sha)
Arts of the Americas
Wood, cloth, hide, yarn, string, feather
late 19th century
5 13/16 x 3 7/16 x 12 3/8 in. (14.8 x 8.7 x 31.4 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Museum Expedition 1907, Museum Collection Fund
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact email@example.com
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
She-we-na (Zuni Pueblo) (Native American). Kachina Doll (Ma-hey-ten-na-sha), late 19th century. Wood, cloth, hide, yarn, string, feather, 5 13/16 x 3 7/16 x 12 3/8 in. (14.8 x 8.7 x 31.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1907, Museum Collection Fund, 07.467.8430. Creative Commons-BY
overall, 07.467.8430_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
This Kachina is also spelled Mahedinasha.(taking away feces). He may come during the winter dance series or during the Koanne (the day when the Kachinas go home-six days after the Shalako). The dancers appear early in the morning and go through the village. When they come into the plaza they dance as a group accompanied by a drummer. They can sing nasty songs about the inhabitants of Kothluwala, (the spirit village where the dead Kachinas live) but really they are about the present day Zuni village. See Barton Wright, "Kachinas of the Zuni" for an explanation of how he became so ugly in appearance.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.