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Maker(s):Youvella, Celestino (Tino)
Culture:Native American; Hopi, Tewa, and Laguna Pueblo (1941-)
Title:Turquoise Nose Plug Man (Chospos-Yaka-Hentaka)
Date Made:1962-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, feathers, velvet, leather, yarn, ribbons, shells, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 18 1/4 in.; 46.355 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.23
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

The Turquoise Nose Plug kachina seen here wears a very detailed feather and shell headpiece on top of his head, which is painted turquoise, red, and brown. He has painted eyes, red ears (with earrings), and a carved nose and mouth meant to represent a turquoise labret. Feathers protrude from his face. Around his neck is a black and white striped neckpiece. Unlike many male kachinas, he is wearing a shirt with multicolored ribbons over his painted white body. Each arm features small bracelets and each hand carries long arrows. His "kilt" is white and brightly patterned with a similar sash. His legs feature black leggings and red boots. Standing on top of a wooden platform, he was made and sold for the tourist trade. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies; wars; kachina dolls

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