Hopi Pueblo Ma’alo Katsina Doll


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The Enigmatic Katsina: A Mysterious Object from the Fred Harvey Collection

The Katsina Doll: A Mysterious Inclusion

This Katsina doll, one among a group of 23 Hopi Katsina dolls, carries with it an air of mystery. It was once part of the esteemed collection of the Fred Harvey Advertising Department. However, unlike its counterparts, this doll lacks the traits typically associated with older dolls. This raises questions about its origins and whether it truly hails from the Fred Harvey collection.

The Unconventional Pedestal

Adding to its enigma, the doll is perched on an unpainted pedestal, a departure from the typical mounts associated with other Fred Harvey inspired objects. If this doll was indeed part of the Fred Harvey Advertising Department's collection, it could suggest that the company had ceased using the traditional square black pedestals by the time this doll was added to the collection, presumably around the 1960s.

The Artistry of the Doll

Despite the uncertainties surrounding its origins, there is no doubt about the doll's artistic merit. It is well-carved and painted, showcasing the craftsmanship of its creator. A red fabric sash adorns its chest, adding a splash of color against the doll's body. Red yarn embellishments can be found on the doll's right wrist and the left side of the mask, further enhancing its visual appeal.

Condition: the right “ear” is missing a section and the left arm has been broken and glued.

Provenance: this Hopi Pueblo Ma'alo Katsina Doll is the collection of a resident of Washington

Recommended Reading: Wright, Barton. Hopi Kachinas: The Complete Guide to Collecting Kachina Dolls, Northland Publishing 1977

TAGS: Katsina DollsHopi PuebloHopi Kachina DollsFred Harvey Company

What is a Katsina?

Close up view of the face of this Katsina Doll.

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