Zuni Pueblo Ogre Katsina Doll with Mudhead Katsina in Basket

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Carver Unknown
  • Category: Traditional
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: wood, paint, fur, feathers, buckskin
  • Size: 9-1/2” Tall
  • Item # C3535.19
  • Price: $975.00

In this carving, the maker added a basket on the back of the Ogre and placed a miniature Koyemshi Katsina doll in the basket as if the Ogre has captured one of the Koyemshi who accompanies him on his rounds.  The doll is typically Zuni in style, that is, it has been dressed in clothing.  The arms have been secured to the body and do not articulate.  The doll does stand unaccompanied but could be hung if desired.

The artist added horsehair for the ogre's hair and left it in an unkempt manner to add to the ferocity of the ogre. He also put a bloody knife in his right hand and a staff in his left. White fur was added as a neck ruff, arm cuffs and ankle cuffs. A buckskin kilt wraps around the body. The small Mudhead Katsina doll in the basket wears the traditional black scarf and kilt. The ogre is meant to scare the children by threatening them into becoming good Hopi and to do their chores in the Hopi manner-boys catching rabbits and girls grinding corn on a metate with a mano.

 

Condition: this Zuni Pueblo Ogre Katsina Doll is in very good condition with exception that the left arm has been broken and glued.  There is no other damage.

Provenance: this Zuni Pueblo Katsina Doll was sold to a client in 1985 from whom it is now available for re-sale.

Reference: Kachinas of the Zuni by Barton Wright with original paintings by Duane Dishta, 1985.

Relative Links: Zuni Pueblokatsina dollZuni katsina dolls

Alternate View of the little mudhead.


 

Carver Unknown
  • Category: Traditional
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: wood, paint, fur, feathers, buckskin
  • Size: 9-1/2” Tall
  • Item # C3535.19
  • Price: $975.00

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