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Hopi
Talavai Katsina – Morning Singer Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1900-1910
Height: 9 in. (23 cm)

Ex private collection, USA

Talavai Kachina dol 23 cm / Galerie Flak Sold
This doll represents Talavai Katsina (Morning Singer). Telavai or Talavai means dawn in Hopi language.
According to Jesse Walter Fewkes, this Kachina appeared on the morning of the last day of the ceremonial cycle called Powamu (Bean Dance). Masked Talavai dancers appeared in pairs at sunrise on the roofs of adobe houses and sang to awaken the village. They gave offerings of bean sprouts to all the villagers.
The arrival of Talavai was a prayer for rain (hence the symbol of the clouds on the cheeks).
Our doll has superb colors and cloud motifs on the face and on the back of the mask.

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