HOPI KACHINA FIGURE
Height: 12 ¼ in (31 cm)
Cottonwood, pigments, wool
Good condition overall for an object of this type and age, with wear consistent with age and use. Minor nicks, chips, scratches, losses and abrasions throughout. The forearms and hands missing as visible in the catalogue illustration. A loss at the back to the bottom middle portion of the kilt, and a cracked section to the front of the kilt, as visible in the catalogue illustration. The left foot broken and glued. The pigment well preserved, with some minor losses. Some discoloration to the face. Has stand.
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
Andrea Portago and Barton Wright, Classic Hopi and Zuni Kachina Figures, Santa Fe, 2006, pl. 77 and p. 141
Alexandra Pascassio and George Terasaki, Kachina: George Terasaki Collection, Paris, 2008, n.p., cat. no. 26
Barton Wright notes that "the Flute Kachina, Lenang, is an important one for he is associated with the bringing of water, particularly to the springs that formerly furnished all the water for the Hopi villages." (Wright in Portago and Wright, Classic Hopi and Zuni Kachina Figures, Santa Fe, 2006, p. 141). Lenang appears here without his characteristic instrument, but the position of the mouth suggests its presence.