Kachina Doll


From: United States of America | New Mexico

Curatorial Section: American

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Native Name Shulawitzi
Object Number 2021-4-73
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Zuni
Provenience United States of America | New Mexico
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Date Made 1960 - 1969 CE
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint | Yarn | Stone | Fabric

The Object is identified as Shulawitzi the Zuni Fire God. It is a painted wooden carved figure, black with colored spots all over, with no face, and red and turquoise beads adorning the neck and wrists. The proper right hand holds a tapered painted stick with green yarn tied around the wrist. The proper left hand holds a tapered painted stick, a fire stick bundle, two painted scapula bones, with a turquoise stone, metal and leather bracelet tied around the wrist. At the top of the head white yarn painted with a black stripe is glued and nailed to the figure. The figure wears a short full skirt of dark blue yarn with a belt of turquoise fabric. A black fabric breech cloth is worn under the skirt. The figure wears red/brown moccasins.

Height 31.75 cm
Length 20.32 cm
Width 13.97 cm
Credit Line Donated by Jan L. Bernstein, Esq., C79, in honor of Joan and James H. Bernstein, W52

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