This is an excellent early original hand carved Zuni Native American Indian Kachina doll from circa early 1900 to late 1800’s. The exquisite piece shows the original polychrome pigment painted design and is carved from Cottonwood. The Kachina shows rectangular geometric eyes and is adorned in its presentation geometric painted dance outfit with impressive three-tiered crown. The feet are semi-circular carved, and the piece is in the extremely rare “Sio Hemis” configuration. The piece shows a wrapped bundle of wheat chaff, an uncommon and mostly lost piece in other examples. The Hemis and Sio Hemis Katsinas (Kachina) are considered some of the most beautiful and best known of all the early Zuni and Hopi Kachinas. Their elaborate headdress, called a Tableta, is partly responsible for their attraction. Other attributions that can be found in original early authentic examples are the wearing kilt with embroidered rain sash around the waist and dropping down one side of the hip along with the bundled chaff or evergreen ruff worn around the neck. The “Sio Hemis Ta-amu” comes from the Zuni and originated in the circa 17th Century. This is one of the earliest examples currently available for public purchase and show the correct craftsmanship and patina to be considered an authentic and extraordinary piece. Provenance: This piece was found to be an authentic early Sio Hemis Zuni Kachina by Rago Arts and Auction Center and was sold at their 2009 Early Artifacts Sale. The piece was purchased by a well known Historical Native American Artifact private museum collection in Paris, France, from whom it has been consigned to this sale. The rounded feet do show chipping along with the legs being modernly repaired. Overall this is a wonderful piece showing some paint loss and signs of wear, indicative of its early authentic age. Measures 6.5" wide and is 20.25" tall. Other examples have sold at auction in excess of $10,000 with this piece showing more detail and overall appeal.