1960s Native American Hopi Indian Hand Carved Black Ogre Kachina / Katsina Doll
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1960s Native American Hopi Indian Hand Carved Black Ogre Kachina / Katsina Doll:
Rare and wonderful, ca1960's Native American Hopi Indian, Hand Carved, Cottonwood Root "Nataska" (Black Ogre) Kachina / Katsina Doll.
This outstanding, 20th century hand carved and painted Cottonwood Katsina Doll measures approx. 15" tall (including the feather attachments to its horns) and is a depiction of the "Nataska" / Black Ogre Katsina. The Doll features a multi colored body and head paint, protruding eyes and features both carved and natural feather attachments to its headdress.
The Black Ogre Katsina offered here features a thin but muscular figure, adorned with black mask featuring a prominent mouth with bared teeth, black wool beard, braided twine sash, armbands with feather attachments, corn husk collar, both carved and natural feather attachments to its headdress. The Doll carries bundles of straw in each hand and stands atop its original, cottonwood base.
Hopi katsina figures / Katchina Dolls (Hopi language: tithu or katsintithu) are figures carved, typically from cottonwood root, by Hopi people originally made to instruct young girls and new brides about katsinas or katsinam, the immortal beings that bring rain, control other aspects of the natural world and society, and act as messengers between humans and the spirit world. During the 20th century, the manufacture and sale of Kachina Dolls by the Hopi were a source of income from tourists to the southwestern United States.
The design of the Dolls evolved over time. In the beginning of the 20th century, oppressive agents such as Charles Burton tried to restrict the Hopis' religious and cultural rights. However, in 1934, due to the Indian Reorganization Act, the Hopi people got back their religious freedom, and this thus renewed their interest in kachina doll carving. The dolls began to have a slightly different look than that of the stiff dolls from earlier periods. The arms were starting to become separated from the body and the heads became slightly overturned, putting the dolls in more of an action pose.
The Late Action period (beginning about 1945) of Kachina figures contains the most variations of carvings than any other period. Most dolls of this period display realistic body proportions and show movement, which are distinguishing features of this period. The regalia in this period are more detailed and in the 1960s, carvers began to attach bases to the dolls in order to appeal to the tourists who didn’t want to hang the dolls on their walls. In the 1970s the Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty banned the selling of Kachina figures that carried any migratory, wild bird feathers from birds such as eagles. As a result, the feathers of the dolls would be carved into the wood, which led to a new brand of Hopi art—the katsina sculpture.
This very rare and wonderful, ca1960's Hopi Indian Black Ogre Kachina / Katsina Doll is in very good condition. The surface paint is rich and warm and well preserved with no significant surface rubs or wear. There are no repairs or restorations of any kind. There is some wear to the natural feather attachments and some loss to one of the straw bundles. Please see the numerous photographs below for a good representation of the form and condition of this outstanding Hopi Kachina.
The Katsina Doll offered here is unconditionally guaranteed original and as described above - a ca1960's Native American Hopi Indian Kachina / Katsina Doll. It will be accompanied by our own Certificate of Authenticity with a statement of our unconditional return policy and lifetime guarantee that the Figure will be deemed original, authentic and as described above by any qualified third party authentication service.
A very rare and wonderful, ca1960's Native American Hopi Indian, Hand Carved, Cottonwood Root "Nataska" Kachina / Katsina Doll and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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