Vtg 13" Clown w/Watermelon Kachina Doll Signed Scookum Kuntux - Unknown Carver

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Vintage 13" Clown w/Watermelon Kachina Doll Signed Scookum Kuntux - Unknown Carver

This is a vintage 13-inch Clown Kachina doll, handcrafted by an unnamed carver and signed "Scookum Kuntux". The doll has vibrant colors and intricate details that showcase the artistry of the carver.

The Clown Kachina, also known as the Mudhead or Tewa Clown, is a significant figure in Hopi ceremonies and dances. This doll depicts the Clown Kachina with its distinctive mud-caked face, representing the spirit of humor, satire, and social commentary.

The doll is meticulously carved from most likely cottonwood root and painted with natural pigments, following traditional Hopi techniques. The intricate details, such as the painted face, clothing, and accessories, are remarkably well-preserved, showcasing the skill and artistry of the unnamed carver.

Approx. Size: 13" T x 5-1/2" W x 4-3/4" D
Approx. Weight: 13.7 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 (except some rub marks on the front of the watermelon), cracks, hairlines, or repairs (except that it appears that the tassels on the top of the head were broken and shortened) that I can see (see pictures). This Katsina has beautiful 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.

Source of product research for this listing was from Perplexity.ai and I cannot be sure that it is 100% accurate. I encourage you to confirm this information with your own research.

Answer to the search question: who carved a clown katchina doll named Scookum Kuntux?
Based on the search results provided, there does not appear to be any information about a clown kachina doll carved and signed as "Scookum Kuntux".

The key points from the search results are:
Kachina dolls are traditional carved figurines made by Hopi and other Pueblo artists to represent spiritual beings called kachinas that are important in their religion and ceremonies.
Well-known Hopi kachina doll carvers like Wilmer Kaye and Neil David Sr. are mentioned, but none are associated with the name "Scookum Kuntux".
"Scookum" is a Chinook Jargon word meaning "strong" or "powerful", but "Kuntux" does not seem to have any meaning related to Hopi culture. It was likely just a creative made-up name used as a signature.
The search results provide examples of clown or koshare kachina dolls from various Hopi artists, but none are specifically identified as being carved and signed "Scookum Kuntux".
There is information about "Skookum Dolls" which were Native American-themed souvenir dolls mass-produced in the early 20th century by a woman named Mary Dwyer McAboy, but these were not authentic kachina carvings.

So in summary, while kachina dolls and their carvers are discussed, the search results do not contain any factual information about a clown kachina figure signed by the name "Scookum Kuntux". This appears to be an unknown or potentially fictitious name/signature not associated with any documented major Hopi kachina doll artists based on these findings. More specific information would be needed to identify such a carving.

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