Hopi Lalay’hoya, Animal Herder Rare Katsina Doll Carving from the Fred Harvey Collection

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This is a rarely-carved Hopi Pueblo Katsina, representing an animal herder.  It does represent a katsina, however.  The skirt was made from bungling bands of string and wrapping them at the top, a very laborious process. There is a crack in the wood on the front from the chest down to the loin cloth.  The left arm has been damaged and repaired or possibly replaced and painted.  The rarity of the carving helps offset some of the condition problems.  

This Hopi Lalay'hoya, Animal Herder Rare Katsina Doll Carving is mounted on a square black wood platform of the style used by the Fred Harvey Company on many of its katsina dolls.  There are no other identifying markings to indicate a Fred Harvey provenance.  My thoughts are that he is a legitimately Hopi carved doll that has had some repairs.

Relative Links: Kachina – Katsina DollHopi PuebloFred Harvey Company

Close up view of the Katsina face.

Carver Unknown
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