Hopi Crow Mother - Angwushahai-i Katsina Doll [SOLD]

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Todd Talashoma (ca 1950 - )

In the 1980s and 1990s, I made bi-weekly trips to the Hopi Reservation to purchase katsina dolls from specific carvers.  One carver whose dolls I particularly liked was Lowell Talashoma who lived in the village of Shongopavi.  Eventually, Lowell introduced me to his younger brother, Todd, who lived in the village of Moenkopi.  I discovered that Todd was producing exceptional carvings but they were not like those of his brother.

Lowell was slim and his carvings portrayed slim images.  Todd Talashoma was a beefy person, not fat, just beefy, and his carvings mirrored his body style.  I found it interesting that each of them carved in the likeness of their own body styles.

Todd Talashoma (ca 1950 - ) signatureThis Crow Mother Katsina doll is short and beefy, as Todd always favored.  It is a one-piece carving from cottonwood root.  The only additions are the crow wings on the head and the yucca in the hands.  It is a doll I purchased from Todd and sold to a family in Albuquerque in 1984 and now have it back for re-sale.  It is signed Todd Talashoma 12-84 Hopi.

 

Condition:  the doll is in excellent condition.  The bundle of yucca leaves was originally attached to the left hand with a touch of glue and is now free from the hand.  It is better to leave it loose for shipping to prevent breakage.  A touch of Elmer’s glue on the finger tips would secure it in place again although it will sit safely in the doll’s hands without gluing.

Provenance: from the collection of a family from Albuquerque

Recommended Reading: Kachinas: a Hopi Artist’s Documentary by Barton Wright