Pair of Hopi Katsina DollsCentral Northern Arizona, circa 1890
Seated figure: H. 8 _ in.; W. 5 in.
Standing figure: H. 9 in.; W. 4 in.
The Hopi made Katsina dolls to use in ceremonies, which often included depictions of neighboring tribes. These two depict a seated Navajo drummer dressed as a clown, wearing turquoise earrings, and a standing Navajo Yei Bichai dancer wearing a corn mask. Not only were they ceremonial, but often the dolls were used to educate children. The costumes are unique, and entirely original.
Provenance: Keams Canyon Trading Post, Arizona;
The Steven and Linda Nelson Collection, California
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000