Hopi Pueblo Second Mesa Coiled Pictorial Shallow Basketry Bowl

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The katsina images on this Hopi Pueblo basket appear to be Chakwaina and Koyemsi.  The katsina with the black face resembles Chakwaina, who is a warrior. Chakwaina Katsinas appear in January during the kiva dances, “dancing in line with rather lively gestures stooping and turning and singing a spirited tune.” Wright 1973:99.  At the top of the head of the Chakwaina is imbricated yucca.  Earrings were made from wrapped yucca strips and inserted into the coils during the weaving process.

The smaller images are those of the Koyemsi, or Mudhead katsinas.  Koyemsi participate in many dances, including the Plaza Dances in January, with the Chakwaina.

The four bottom center coils are wound with dark yellow yucca split leaves.  The remaining eleven coils are wound with yucca leaves that have been sun bleached.  The outer black rim is wrapped in devil’s claw.


Condition: this Hopi Pueblo Second Mesa Coiled Pictorial Shallow Basketry Bowl is in very good condition

Provenance: from a gentleman from Colorado

Reference: Kachinas a Hopi Artist’s Documentary by Barton Wright

Relative Links: Hopi IndiansKatsinabaskets, Earrings

Close up view of this Hopi Basket.

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