Hopi Hemis Kachina


Collection

Priscella Murr Collection


Identifier

MU18


Artist

Unknown


Description

A carved painted wood Hopi Hemis Kachina doll. The kachina wears a helmet with terraced tablitas, symbolic of rain clouds. The Hemis kachina is usually the principal character in the Niman kachina dance and is sometimes called by this name. The Niman is the home-going performance for the kachinas, which occurs shortly after the summer solstice to signify the close of the kachina season. This kachina brings abundant, high-yielding crops of corn. The Hemis Kachina dancer usually shakes a rattle, this kachina may be missing the rattle. The doll has lost a good amount of its paint due to age.


Medium

wood

Width

5.75in

Height

16.5in

Length

6.5in

Where Made (Country)

United States

Related place

United States

Name of Donor

Priscilla Murr