HOPI KACHINA FIGURE
Circa 1880 or earlier
Height: 8 ⅛ in (20.5 cm)
Cottonwood, pigments, tanned hide
Good condition overall for an object of this age and type, with wear consistent with use. Minor chips, nicks, scratches, losses and abrasions throughout. Some pigment loss throughout as visible in the catalogue illustration. Both feet with glued breaks. The hide cape well worn, and dry and fragile. Proper right ear glued. 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. 2
Honani, or the badger kachina, is rendered in two distinct stylistic forms. The current example is the older of the two, in which form he is a healing kachina who receives Hopi villagers' prayers for the growth of healing herbs.