Hopi Kachina

Wilson Tawaquaptewa, 1873-1960

Third Mesa Reservation, Northern Arizona

Wood, Pigment and Feathers

10"H x 3.5"W


Wilson Tawaquaptewa began carving Kachinas, and other pieces, after 1906 while Chief of the Oraibi village.  To preserve their sacred nature, Tawaquaptewa would take artistic license when creating his Kachinas that were solely for  sale.  By doing something different and executing it well, he created a strong following of admirers, collectors and artists who continue to be inspired by his interpretations of familiar themes. This piece dates from the 1930's and is in excellent condition with minor restoration to the right shoulder.