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Kachina Doll

Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.

Black Ogre Kachina
Chaveyo Katsina

Carved wood (cottonwood) natural pigments
Height : 13 ½ in. (34 cm)
Circa 1950

Exhibited and published:
Philharmonie de Paris, 2015
Marc Chagall : Le Triomphe de la Musique

Musée des Beaux Arts, Montréal, 2017
Chagall, Couleur et Musique

Price: sold

America - Southwest
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This (Black) Ogre kachina spirit is in charge of discipline, notably during the Powamu (the ritual Bean Dance). On the Second Mesa, the Chaveyo Kachina Dancer carries a sword from the Spanish, a symbolic reminder of Pueblo Revolt (August 10, 1680), a founding historical event for the peoples of the Southwest.

The beautifully carved "manta" on the shoulders of this figure recalls the cape worn by female kachinas, including Hahai-i Wuhti the Mother of the Kachinas and Ogres.