Hopi Kachina Figure, Arizona, United States of America
- wood, pigment
- Height: 9 1/4 in (23.5 cm)
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., bequest of the above, March 26, 1931, cat. no. 361,090, acc. no. 113,605
Bernard Brown, Milwaukee, acquired from the above via the Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, December 3, 1963
Arthur Cohen & Elaine Lustig Cohen, New York, acquired by the late 1960s
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Perhaps drawn to the figures' bewildered expressions or their connection to the spiritual realm, surrealist artists André Breton and Max Ernst were renowned collectors of kachina dolls. Breton displayed his collection on a wall in his Paris apartment while Ernst, together with Peggy Guggenheim, to whom he was married between 1941-1946, had a dog named Kachina.