Height: 13 ¼ in (33.5 cm)
Cottonwood, pigments, fiber
Good condition overall for an object of this type and age, with wear consistent with use. Minor chips, nicks, losses, scratches and abrasions throughout. Both ears broken and reglued to the head. A vertical crack to the proper left side of the face from the forehead to the mouth, as visible in the catalogue illustration. Both arms broken and glued, the proper left arm once through the forearm, the proper right at the elbow and wrist. A crack at the middle of the skirt with an area of old fill. The front of the proper left foot missing, the proper right foot broken and glued. The pigment well preserved, with minor losses throughout. Has base.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
George Terasaki, New York, acquired in the 1970s
Alexandra Pascassio and George Terasaki, Kachina: George Terasaki Collection, Paris, 2008, n.p., cat. no. 47
Like the Koshare, the Koyesmi is not a kachina, but rather a clown figure, commonly called Mud Head and shared by both the Hopi and Zuni peoples. Koyesmi "is an interlocutor between kachinas and men. It behaves as a simpleton one moment, a wise man the next." (Wright in Portago and Wright, Classic Hopi and Zuni Kachina Figures, Santa Fe, 2006, p. 142).