HOPI KACHINA FIGURE
Height: 12 ⅝ in (32 cm)
Cottonwood, pigments, cloth, fiber
Good condition overall, with wear consistent with ages and use. Minor nicks, chips, scratches, losses and abrasions throughout. The proper right arm, proper left forearm and hand and front of both feet missing, as visible in the catalogue illustration. The textile sash dry, frayed and fragile in places. An indentation, probably inherent to the wood, at the top of the head. Some pigment loss throughout as visible in the catalogue illustration. 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. 38
Tasap or the "Navajo kachina" assumes dancing behaviors that the Hopi associate with the neighboring Navajo people. Among these behaviors is an exaggerated slowness to their dancing. They often sing Navajo phrases, and their costume bears a resemblance to those worn by actual Navajo dancers (Wright, Hopi Kachinas: The Complete Guide to Collecting Kachina Dolls, Flagstaff, 1977, p. 68).