Hopi Tasap Kachin Mana Katsina Doll

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This miniature version of the Hopi Tasap Kachin Mana Katsina has the appearance of being very old when judged by the patina of the paints, however, the arms being away from the body would establish a date closer to the 1940s.  Still, that’s 80 years old.

An interesting aspect on the kilt or skirt is a very faint carving of a serpentine design around the skirt.  Although the katsina represents the personage of a Navajo, the dress that is over one shoulder and under the opposite arm clearly designates it as a pueblo personage.  She is a Hopi katsina that represents their neighbor, the Diné of the Navajo Nation.

The Tasap Kachin Mana dances alongside the Tasap Katsina in the regular katsina dance, but she may also appear at odd intervals during the katsina season.  The mask is a Hopi caricature of the Diné and their manner of gesturing with the lower lip. Despite this, she is a part of a group that is very popular with the Hopis.


Condition: good condition with a crack on the skirt on the back.

Provenance: this Hopi Tasap Kachin Mana Katsina Doll is from the collection of a gentleman from California

Recommended Reading: Kachinas - a Hopi Artist’s Documentary by Barton Wright

Relative Links: Katsina DollsHopi PuebloHopi Kachina Dolls


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