An exceptional Kwahu or Palakwayo Katsina – Eagle or Hawk kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Height: 9 ½ in. – 24 cm
Ex collection Toby Herbst, Santa Fe
Birds have always played a central role in Hopi ceremonies. According to Hopi mythology, at the beginning of the world, birds gave the first men the key to certain universal mysteries, allowing them to emerge from the Underworld. Birds continue to play the role of counselors for humans, interceding for them with spirits and divinities.