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.