Hopi Salako Mana
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Item available for viewing at Galerie Flak - Paris, France
Ex collection Heye Foundation, Museum of the American Indian, New York
Ex collection Claude Levi-Strauss, New York / Paris
Ex collection Jacques Lacan, Paris, acquired in 1951
Ex private collection, France since 2003
Published: "Kachina Spirit / Esprit Kachina", Barton Wright, Pierre Amrouche, L'Enfance de l'Art editions, Paris, 2003 pp. 60-61
Kachina dolls (or katsinam) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo Indians in the American Southwest. Given to children, kachinas constituted a pedagogical tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.
As stated by Barton Wright, former curator at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and scientific director of the San Diego Museum of Man, who studied and described this katsina doll in the book "Kachina Spirit" (L'Enfance de l'Art editions, Paris, 2003 p. 60), the Shalako are performed when there is a drought in the land. A male and a female come at the same time in the very late afternoon at the end of the first day of the Niman Ceremony. The kachinas are quite impressive as they stand almost nine feet tall. They are accompanied by lines of the Tukwinong Takas and Manas and the Danik’china.
This large katsina doll with spectacular tabletta is a masterpiece of ancient Hopi art with prestigious provenance.