HOPI KACHINA FIGURE
Height: 15 ½ in (39.5 cm)
Good condition overall, with wear consistent with age and use. Minor nicks, chips, scratches, losses and abrasions throughout. The surface well worn. The headdress and nose missing; the front of both feet missing; a crack to the upper chest, all as visible in the catalogue illustration. 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.
Alan Kessler, Santa Fe
Sotheby’s, New York, December 4, 1997, lot 41, consigned by the above
Donald Ellis, Dundas, acquired at the above auction
George Terasaki, New York, acquired by 2008
Philip Z. Trupp, "Kachinas", Collections, 1998, Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 43
Alexandra Pascassio and George Terasaki, Kachina: George Terasaki Collection, Paris, 2008, n.p., cat. no. 3
“Monumental Legacy”, Native American Art, No. 23, October and November 2019, p. 127, fig. 3
Mosairu appears during Angk'wa evening dances as a herder or a guard. He is also referred to as the buffalo kachina. While buffaloes were not native to Hopi lands, they were important among the Eastern pueblos, and as a result, Mosairu kachina was inducted into the pantheon of spirits in order to increase the presence of the animal.