Kachina Doll (Koyemsi)
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
Cottonwood root, acrylic pigment, feathers, yarn, iron alloy
16 3/4 × 7 × 5 5/8 in. (42.5 × 17.8 × 14.3 cm)
mount: 17 × 7 × 5 1/2 in. (43.2 × 17.8 × 14 cm) (show scale)
H. Shelton on the bottom
Gift of Edith and Hershel Samuels
Mud Head (Koyemshi) Kachina Doll. The figure is carved totally from one piece of wood. He wears a black skirt and carries a rattle in his PR hand and ears of corn dangle from his PL hand. He wears a green bandanna around his neck. The painted boot moccasins have silver and turquoise ornaments on them. The Mud Head's role during dances consist of a group of 9 of them clowning around, using the audience for their jokes, often lewd behavior and comic relief but with the underlying message that their behavior is totally improper and such antics are not what is to be done.
Henry Shelton (1929-2016). Kachina Doll (Koyemsi), 1960-1970. Cottonwood root, acrylic pigment, feathers, yarn, iron alloy, 16 3/4 × 7 × 5 5/8 in. (42.5 × 17.8 × 14.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edith and Hershel Samuels, 2010.6.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2010.6.3.jpg)
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