Hopi Pueblo Tasap Katsina Doll circa 1940s [SOLD]


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This is an exceptional Hopi Tasap Katsina doll carved from a piece of cottonwood root. Tasap is a Hopi representation of a Navajo God. There are Hopi versions of katsinam that honor and depict other tribes, such as the Navajo, Havasupai, Comanche, Zuni and other Pueblos.

This is the Hopi version of what they see as a way to honor their Navajo neighbors. These katsinam are not borrowed from the Navajo, as they are unique to the Hopi. They have the same purpose and functions as all the Hopi Katsinam. They are messengers and/or intermediaries to the rain gods. Since they are katsinam in every respect, they are afforded the same reverence and dignity during their visits.

This Tasap male katsina wears a ceremonial kilt and rain sash, and has a green face and red hair. The male, along with a companion female, appears during Angak’wa and the summer katsina day dances. Since they depict the Navajo, their songs may have some Navajo words speaking of the good things of life and/or words representing moisture.

Condition: this Hopi Pueblo Tasap Katsina Doll circa 1940s is in very good condition, with one minor repair to the rain sash
Recommended Reading:  Kachina Dolls: The Art of Hopi Carvers by Helga Teiwes

Close up view of the face of this Katsina.

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