ZUNI KACHINA FIGURE
Height: 11 ¾ in (30 cm)
Pine, pigments, cloth, hair, rabbit fur, fiber, wool
Very good condition overall for an object of this age and type, with wear consistent with use and handling. Minor nicks, chips, scratches, losses and abrasions throughout. The proper left attachment of the headdress missing; the proper right ear broken and attached to the head via a string fiber, as visible in the catalogue illustration. The proper left foot missing, as visible in the catalogue illustration, the proper right foot/boot fragile and reattached. The pigment very well preserved with minor losses. The textile garment and fur cape in very good condition. 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. 31
Hilili is alternately known by the nickname, the "Witch" Kachina. He came to the Hopi people from the Zuni or Laguna Pueblo prior to the start of the twentieth century. His appearance in village dances on the First Mesa was met with disapproval by Hopi living on the Second and Third Mesa, thus leading to his ominous pseudonym.