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Butterfly Maiden Kachina Doll by Randy David (Hopi)

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Price: $135.00
Item Number: MCGK0257G

First Mesa Hopi artist, Randy David, illustrates his absolute carving talent of Kachinas in cottonwood, with this contemporary version of the Butterfly Maiden. From sea green to a complementary chartreuse, the wings of this maiden follow the delicate form of actual butterfly wings. Her blanket offers a more traditional style along with rain cloud symbols at the lower border. She holds two eagle feathers in her hands and wears an intricately carved turquoise necklace around her neck. An eagle feather rests on the top of her head separating her two antennas.

Central to the traditional religion of the Hopi people of the Northern Arizona are Kachinas. A Kachina (Katsinas) is a supernatural being relied upon to provide rain, fertility, health, and well being. While kachinas play a role in many of the Pueblo societies, the Hopi are most noted and prolific today in kachina doll carving. Each year in elaborate ceremonies, men of the Hopi villages dress and mask themselves for ritualized dances to represent and call on the different Kachinas. Kachina dolls are carved from cottonwood root and have long been used to instruct Hopi children in the ways of the traditional religious cycles, and to help them learn to identify the hundreds of different beings. The carvings convey the movement of the dancer, and the specific particulars of the mask, costume, and accessories. In addition to kachinas, Hopi artists also carve figures from Hopi mythology and folklore as well as other Pueblos dancers. To read more about arts of the Hopi, click here.

Height: 4”, Width: 3 ½”, Depth: 2 ¾"