Signed Earl Thlayumptewa Pookang Hoy-A 13.5" Kachina Doll Hopi War God KatsinaAK012
Signed Earl Thlayumptewa Pookang Hoy-A 13.5" Kachina Doll Hopi War God Katsina
This is a beautiful and rare Hopi kachina doll, signed by the renowned carver Earl Thlayumptewa. The doll is 13.5 inches tall and is made of wood and cornhusk. It is in very good condition, with only minor wear and tear. The doll depicts the Pookang Hoy-A kachina, a Hopi war god. The kachina is wearing a traditional Hopi warrior costume, including a helmet, feathers, and a war club. The doll is a valuable addition to any Hopi kachina collection. This doll appears to be intricately carved from a single piece of wood, except for some ornamentation, but can't be sure. It is beautifully detailed and colorful. The signature of the artist, Earl Thlayumptewa, is penned on the base of the doll.
Best I can figure, is this piece is vintage circa 1970's to 1990's.
This piece is part of a private collection that is being sold (watch for more pieces in the near future). The owner's father purchased many of his Hopi artwork pieces, over a forty year period, with many directly from the Native American artists/potters.
Approx. Dimensions: 13-1/2" T x 5" W x 5" D
Approx. Weight: 12.8 ozs
Sold as is. No warranty from the Seller. No Returns.
CONDITION NOTE: Used, but in very good vintage condition. This piece does not appear to have any chips, cracks, hairlines, or repairs that I can see, except the center head feather was broken at some point, but poorly reattached (note also that the 2 wood feathers that the orange reglued feather is attached to is loose and may detach during shipping), and something (such as an actual head feather) may be missing from the cone structure on his head (see pictures). This Katsina has vibrant colors (see pictures). Since these are vintage pieces of art, they do come with natural imperfections and discolorations that add to their character (zoom into photos to look for any imperfections), and there may be some signs of wear or age that are typical for an item of its age. Does not come with any original boxes, packaging, or any related paperwork. Will be packed carefully and insured for safe shipping. See detailed (zoom-able) pictures to know what you are purchasing.
SHIPPING NOTE: Katsina dolls are fragile by nature and may be broken in transit. I will do my best to pack it efficiently and carefully, however due to their fragility, transit damage may be unavoidable in some cases. Please keep this in mind when purchasing katsina dolls online for shipping. Luckily, katsina dolls do not decrease in value when repaired and can usually be repaired in the comfort of your home using a mixture of wood and super glue for smaller, clean breaks. For more extensive repairs from transit damage, contact an expert.
Short Biography of the Carver:
Earl Thlayumptewa was a master Hopi kachina carver. He was born in 1930 and died in 2008. He was a member of the Snake Clan and was known for his realistic and detailed kachina dolls.
Earl Thlayumptewa is a highly respected Hopi Kachina Doll carver known for his exceptional craftsmanship and dedication to preserving Hopi traditions. Born and raised in the Hopi community, Earl draws inspiration from his rich cultural heritage, infusing each piece with the stories and symbolism passed down through generations. With over 20 years of experience, Earl Thlayumptewa has become a prominent figure in the world of Native American art, renowned for his intricate carvings and attention to detail. His works are cherished by collectors and enthusiasts alike, as they represent both artistic mastery and a deep connection to Hopi spirituality.