Kachina Heheya Hopi doll, Arizona, North America

Frédéric Coridon


CategoryAfrican art, Tribal art
Period20th century
Condition Good condition

Kachina Heheya DOLL

Hopi, Arizona, North America

First half of the 20th century

Cottonwood and pigments

H.: 16.5 cm without stand

Wooden kachina doll covered with natural pigments. His arms are brought back to his stomach, his legs, with half-moon feet, are individualized from each other; his ears, placed on either side of the helmet mask, are square. Its nose is in relief and represents a T. Its mouth is tubular. These last three elements are underlined with orange pigments. Note that this is one of the three characteristic colors of the Heheya deity - also including white combined with yellow. On his cheeks, the symbols of corn. he   wears a yellow bib and a red ocher shirt.

Heheya appears during many ceremonies related to the corn harvest.

Kachina dolls were given to children at the end of the ceremonial dances. They would take them home to hang them on the wall. They were the representation of the gods who had danced before them.

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