Alosaka Katsina – Germination God Kachina
Carved wood (cottonwood) and pigments
Height: 13 ½ in. – 34.5 cm
Ex collection Steve Nelson, California
This kachina doll is a superb and rare depiction of a Kachina God.
In the Hopi pantheon, Alosaka and Muyingwa are two brothers, deities of the Two-Horned gods / priests society. They live in the Underworld. They ensure the germination of seeds and the growth of plants.
Members of the Two-Horned society are associated with rain (hence the rainclouds symbols on the cheeks of this doll).
Alosaka and Muyingwa kachina dancers appear during the Powamu ceremonial cycle (Bean Dance).