Auction 107, Lot 594

"[Lot of 16 - Kachinas]", Bureau of American Ethnology

Subject: Native Americans

Period: 1903 (published)

Publication: 21st Annual Report

Color: Printed Color

5.2 x 8.5 inches
13.2 x 21.6 cm

These colorful collotype plates are from this fascinating report by the American anthropologist Jesse Walter Fewkes on completion of his expedition to the Hopi Mesas. Believing that a series of pictures made by Hopi artists would be a valuable means of studying the symbolism of the tribe, he arranged for the best artists to make a series of drawings of all the kachinas that appear in Hopi festivals. The author found three skilled Hopi artists to paint the collection. They were Kutcahonauu (White-bear), Homovi, and Winuta. Unfortunately, the individual artist responsible for each drawing was not identified in his report. Each plate has a number of the various kachinas. Includes the great plate featuring the snake dancers.


Condition: A

Lightly toned.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $400

Closed on 6/9/2004