Rare Antique Hopi Indian Woe (Clown) Doll Kachina/ Katsina
We are offering a very rare vintage circa 1940's Hopi Indian hand carved and polychromed Woe Katsina/Kachina Cottonwood Doll. Measures 7 3/4" tall. In very good overall condition. The paint is all original and has normal wear commensurate with the age of the piece. Has a nice old warm patina. No cracks, splits, or breaks. Hanging string intact. Please study the photos as they are a part of the description. N2119
The following description is from www.fineartsofthesouthwest.com: "A very rare and unusual kachina, the Woe is referenced in Jesse Walter Fewkes classic "Hopi Kachinas Drawn By Native Artists" which appered in the 21st annual report of the Smithsonian's Bureau of Ethnology in 1903. The Woe Kachina is referenced in Plate VI on page 72 & described as follows by Fewkes:
"'The symbolism of Woe kachina is a chevron across the nose, a symbolic design identical with that of the Eagle, and figures of artificial flowers on the head. Two persons, a man and a boy, represented the Woe kachina in a buffalo Dance in the winter of 1899-1900. The Eagle is symbolic of the Sun or Sky God and its appearance in a Buffalo Dance is appropriate since the Buffalo girl wears a sun symbol on her back.'"
Fewkes goes on to mention that Woe Kachina is also known to appear in the Bean Dance... One of the most interesting variations in this doll over Fewkes' depiction is that the figure is shown wearing a black & white checkered Hopi "Bachelor" style blanket as a kilt. This is the only time we have ever seen a Hopi Kachina doll wearing a bachelor blanket."