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M-0-7 Hopi Koo'aak kachina.

This kachina represents rain (Koo'aakatsina) and is an important part of the "Early Planting" called Poma'uyis in which all in the villages prepare for the coming planting of crops and, hopefully, rain. The masks on this kachina differ from village to village, but he always has a simple cylinder snout and rain symbols on his face or forehead such as rainbow arcs and stylized rain clouds. He also usually sports cotton pomps and feathers on each side of the mask. This example has the mask divided in half, one side being blue (now very pastel from fading) and the other yellow. His cheeks are decorated with partially curved arcs with edge dots and he wears a headband of stylized clouds which once held six feathers (most likely eagle) now gone. On the sides of the mask are pomps of slightly twisted native cotton now aged a brownish tan color and upright feathers that have been replaced at some point with legal turkey feathers

.The carving of this handsome figure reflects a combination of some early and later styles suggesting a time frame between 1920 and 1930. Where the original gesso has parted from the elbows and calves of this doll it can be seen that these had been carved separately and skillfully pegged on.

A handsome old doll, it 10 ½" h. (not including the feathers). $2,500.00