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Maker(s):Anonymous
Culture:Native American; Zuni, Hopi, or Tewa
Title:Half Harvester/Half Clown Kachina
Date Made:1960s-1970s
Type:Ceremonial
Materials:cottonwood root, feathers, yarn, paint
Place Made:United States; Northeastern Arizona; Hopi/Tewa Reservation; Northwestern New Mexico; Zuni Reservation
Measurements:height: 7 1/2 in.; 19.05 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1984.18.11
Credit Line:Gift of Gladys E. Baker in memory of Louise F. Potter, class of 1944
1984_18_11.jpg

Description:
The Half Harvester/Half Clown kachina is seen here with a customary "split" face--one portion is blue with small painted dots, and the other is orange with similar dots. He features painted eyes, two pairs of blue and orange protrusions on either side of his head, a black and white vertical jagged line separating his face, and a carved yellow mouth. White feathers decorate his head, while green feathers (likely representing Juniper or Douglas Fir) decorate his waist and neck. He wears a carved yellow neckpiece, which sits above his body--painted with black and white stripes, in true Clown fashion. A black and white yarn sash is seen across his chest. In one hand he holds a small red object, and in the other hand (decorated with a butterfly cuff), he holds a yellow spear or sword. His white apron shows a scabbard to carry this sharp implement. With black legs, green and yellow yarn leg ties, and decorated boots, he dances atop a wooden platform. This signifies that he was made and sold for the tourist trade. AP2018

Tags:
ceremonies; kachina dolls; clowns; harvesting

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