Pang Katsina – Mountain sheep / Ram kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood), pigments, fiber
Height: 11 in. – 28 cm
Ex collection Judson C. Ball, Scottsdale, Arizona
In the Hopi pantheon, this Kachina spirit know in Hopi language as Pang is said to be used to secure an increase of flocks. It belongs to the Animal family of kachina figures. It also has a strong connection with healing spirits. According to the Hopi, Pang Kachinas knew the secrets and cures associated with medicinal plants.
The Pang kachina dancer usually carried a pole that acted as the animal's fore legs, enabling him to make sensitive impersonations of the mountain sheep’s movements.
The bent legs and dynamic posture of the figure here convey a strong sense of movement.