Carved by Hopi Chief
Wilson Tawaquaptewa, Oraibi (1873-1960)
Carved wood (cottonwood root), natural pigments
Height: 8 in. (20.5 cm)
Published in: American Indian Art Magazine
Winter 1998, p. 58
Ex collection Barry Walsh, USA
Price: on request
This doll is the work of a Hopi master carver, Wilson Tawaquaptewa (1873-1960).
Oraibi chief W. Tawaquaptewa (sometimes spelled Tewaquaptewa) was both a prominent a spiritual and political Hopi leader; he is also celebrated as the greatest Hopi kachina doll carver.
A major exhibition of W. Tawaquaptewa's work was organized a few years ago at the Birmingham Museum of Art (Alabama, USA) and an important collection of Tawaquaptewa dolls was recently sold in a Paris auction, bringing record prices for his works.
The color palette on this doll is typical of this artist's works.