HOPI KACHINA FIGURE
Height: 12 ⅝ in (32 cm)
The reverse of the proper left heel inscribed in black ink: "18-6185"
Very 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 pigment very well preserved with very minor losses Has base.
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George Terasaki, New York, acquired in the 1970s
Alexandra Pascassio and George Terasaki, Kachina: George Terasaki Collection, Paris, 2008, n.p., cat. no. 32
An uncommon doll in recent history, the Kawaika-a kachina comes from the Laguna Pueblo. During Hopi ceremonies they appear as group dancers in the Line or Mixed dances. They are closely related to Sio Soyowa and Tiwenu kachinas (Galerie Flak, ed., Esprit Kachina, Paris, 2003, p. 105).