Hopi Pueblo Ho’ote Katsina Doll Carving


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Once Known Native American Carver


This exquisite  Hopi Pueblo katsina doll, crafted by a presently unidentified Hopi artisan, represents the Ho'ote Katsina. The carving technique employed mirrors the techniques of the early twentieth century, yet it is believed to have been created in the 1950s. The figure has a lengthy kilt that cascades down to the top of his moccasins. Captured mid-stride, the figure's left foot is raised at the heel, suggesting movement. Notably, the objects that were once held in each hand are no longer present, adding an element of mystery to this remarkable artifact.

"Ho'ote is an extremely popular kachina because of his well-liked songs. He appears as a group in the ordinary kachina dances and sometimes in the Niman. The symbols between his eyes and on his forehead are said to be those of flowers, and therefore his dance forecasts the flowers of spring." [Wright,1973:169]

What is a Katsina?

Condition: very good condition, missing items from both hands

Provenance: this Hopi Pueblo Ho'ote Katsina Doll is from the collection of a client from California

Recommended Reading: Kachinas: a Hopi artist’s documentary by Barton Wright

TAGS: Kachina – Katsina DollHopi Pueblo

Alternate close-up view of the face of this Katsina.

Once Known Native American Carver
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