HOPI KACHINA FIGURE
Depicting Konin or Havasupai
Height: 8 ½ in (21.5 cm)
Cottonwood, pigments, cloth
Good condition overall, with wear consistent with an object of this type and age. Nicks, chips, losses, scratches and abrasions throughout. The proper right horn is reattached; the proper left horn slightly looses. Front of the proper right foot broken and glued. The fabric headband frayed, fragile and slightly loose at either side. Some pigment loss and discoloration throughout, most noticeably to the torso. 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 by the 1970s
Alexandra Pascassio and George Terasaki, Kachina: George Terasaki Collection, Paris, 2008, n.p., cat. no. 34
The Konin or Havasupai kachina is the Hopi representation of the Havasupai, a neighboring people who live to the west of the Hopi in Havasu (or Cataract) Canyon. The distinctive marks across the nose and mouth represent the typical face paint worn by the Havasupai. This kachina usually dances with its female counterpart, Konin Mana (Wright in Galerie Flak, ed., Esprit Kachina, Paris, 2003, p. 130).