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Mudhead (Koyemsi) Kachina Doll by Lawrence Dallas (Hopi)

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Price: $325.00
Item Number: MCGK0207
The Mudheads, or Koyemsi, are considered to be clowns, but their  common roles are as interlocutors between katsinas and humans, announcing impending events, translating requests, and giving directions.  They are thought to have originated at the Zuni Pueblo, and versions of them are found in all of the Pueblos.

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. 


Height 3", Width 4½ "


 

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