Kianakwe Kohan’ona Katsina
Carved wood, piments, turquoise, fiber, wool, fabric
Height: 9 ¾ in. – 24.5 cm
Ex collection Jay C. Leff, Uniontown, USA
Ex collection Fenn Galleries, Santa Fe, USA
Ex private collection, Texas, USA
This archaic kachina figure depicts Kianakwe Kohan'ona (White Kianakwe of the East) or Kianakwe Mosona / Kiamosona (Kianakwe Chief). The Kianakwe are mythical neighbors and enemies that the Zuni eventually incorporated into their own Kachina pantheon.
For a discussion of Kianakwe, see "Kachinas of the Zuni", Barton Wright,, 1985, Northland Press, Flagstaff, AZ, p. 74-77 and plate 20)