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Lot 0613
**Originally Listed At $850**

Native American, Southwestern USA, Hopi people, ca. mid 20th century CE, by Walter Howato (1921-2003). A fascinating wood kachina doll, painted in the style pioneered by Howato and described below. The doll stands slightly forward, bent at the waist, with a relatively large head with wide ears and a face that seems to show fright. Lightning-bolt-like motifs are on the nose and cheeks. The hands clench together at the waist, over a black loincloth. The body is pink, with dark pink abstract motifs painted on the legs and shoulders. Size: 4" W x 13.65" H (10.2 cm x 34.7 cm)

Walter Howato was a Hopi artist from the First Mesa village of Sitcom'ovi, a member of the Reed Clan who carved actively from the 1940s until his death in 2003. He also worked for Walt Disney in Los Angeles and helped build the Glen Canyon Dam. He experimented with many combinations of paints to match the older style of katsina dolls he remembered from his childhood, and mixed his pigments with a white clay called tumma. He built up multiple layers of paint over clay, creating an aged appearance in his dolls.

Provenance: private S. S. collection, Los Angeles, California, USA

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#136829

Condition

Light wear to pigment commensurate with age.

Starting Bid

$600

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20th C. Hopi Painted Wood Kachina - Walter Howato

Estimate $1,400 - $2,100
2d
11h
55m
57s
$6000 bids
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