Wildcat (Tokotsi) Kachina Doll
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
Cottonwood root, fur, acrylic pigment, hide, feathers, wood, metal, turquoise
21 3/8 x 10 3/4 x 12 in. (54.3 x 27.3 x 30.5 cm) (show scale)
H. Shelton on the bottom
Gift of Edith and Hershel Samuels
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Henry Shelton (born 1929). Wildcat (Tokotsi) Kachina Doll, 1960-1970. Cottonwood root, fur, acrylic pigment, hide, feathers, wood, metal, turquoise, 21 3/8 x 10 3/4 x 12 in. (54.3 x 27.3 x 30.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edith and Hershel Samuels, 2010.6.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2010.6.5.jpg)
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Wildcat (Tokotski) Kachina Doll. This Kachina has a body carved from one piece of cottonwood root. He is positioned with his PL leg and PL arm raised, slightly crouching. His kilt and sash with a fox tail hanging down the back are carved root. His cape is spotted fur. He wears a carved turtle rattle on the PR leg ankle. His hide bandolier is decorated with shells. He has a hide fringe on top of painted on boots. The white head mask has a snout with bared teeth, black goggle eyes set in a brown "bandit" type mask and he has black cat paws painted on his cheeks. Top of the mask has feathers. He has large red ears. Wildcat Kachina appears by itself during Angk'wa (a series of night dances). His prayers are for rain to increase their wildcat numbers so the Hopi can have more pelts.
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