Angwusnasomtaka Katsina – Crow Mother Kachina doll
Cottonwood with pigments
Height: 8 ¼ in.(21 cm)
Ex collection Alan Kessler, New Mexico
Ex collection Buffalo Barry, Massachusetts
The female kachina spirit depicted here is called Angwusnasomtaka ("Mother of the Crows") in the Hopi pantheon. She is said to be the Mother of all the Kachinas.
Crow Mother is a Chief Kachina who often leads the processions of the important kachinas, especially during the Powamu or Bean Dance.
Crow Mother is one of the most famous kachina figures, and a personal favorite of mine.
This specific kachina spirit has been a major influence for Western artists throughout the 20th century. A famous theater costume designed by Sophie Taeuber-Arp in 1921-1922 for a Dada theater performance was directly influenced by a Hopi Crow Mother Kachina costume.