A very fine, Hopi Hemis Katsina by Jimmie Kewanwytewa (1889-1966). This Katsina was acquired directly from the artist at the Museum of Northern Arizona in 1962. Turkey feathers added. All original paint, no repairs.
14" high, 4 1/2" wide
Depicting a pregnant female, this carving is very similar to that of the Hopi with the bent knees. This Oaku doll came from one of the Rio Grande pueblos. One of its purposes was to promote conception. A woman having trouble conceiving would carry the doll wrapped in her clothing, and would place it in the small of the back or in the front. There are signs that the figure was painted at one time and had hair attached on the back of the head.
10 1/4" high