Vintage 4.5' 4-1/2 FT KOSHARE CLOWN Kachina Doll Hand Built Clay Sculpture For Sale
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Vintage 4.5' 4-1/2 FT KOSHARE CLOWN Kachina Doll Hand Built Clay Sculpture:
Vintage 4.5' 4-1/2 FT KOSHARE CLOWN Kachina Doll Hand Built Clay Sculpture
This gorgeous Koshare Clown kachina doll was hand carved and hand built out of natural clay gathered from the reservation and hand painted with dyes made from natural materials. We are not sure of the age, but estimate it to be from the 1970s or 80s era.
Beautifully handcrafted and painted, his clay body is trimmed with raffia and leather and is quite a sight to behold! He stands on a stone base and measures approx 52" x 29" x 27-1/2", including the rock slab base. There are a couple very small chips, as per the last two pictures. Otherwise it is in very good to excellent condition. It is unsigned, but we believe this was Hopi made, however cannot verify that. This amazing sculpture was obtained at a recent Scottsdale Arizona sale and the artist was unknown. A sculpture of this size that is unsigned is typically meant to stay in the family of the artisan. It is a symbolic reminder to the family not be selfish and greedy or take life too seriously as the Koshare Clown represents glutton and over-indulgence of all things.
No matter where you put this huge vintage Koshare Clown clay kachina doll sculpture, it will be the ultimate conversation piece! This is a spectacular piece of Native American artwork that will be the focal point of any home or office!
** Koshare, Koyala, Hano, or Tewa are the names of a clown
that is often seen on the Hopi Mesas.
Clown Kachinas provide amusement during Kachina ceremonies.
Often shown with watermelons,
they behave in the usual manner of pueblo clowns, engaging in
loud and boisterous conversation, immoderate actions, and gluttony. They
are often drummers for dances. In the Hopi tradition, the Sacred Clown
Kachina frequently disrupts and makes a
holy mess out of some of the most vital and fundamental
rituals. The clown satirizes Hopi life by acting out and exaggerating
Many times the actions of the clowns are meant to portray a
lesson on behavior apparent in a tribal member.
Their purpose is to show how overdoing anything is bad not only
for the individual but for the people as a whole as well. Koshare plays tricks, acts out absurd
pantomimes, or cleverly mimics spectators. Like the more serious
Kachinas, but in a humorous way, the clown helps maintain community
harmony by reminding the people of acceptable standards of behavior
within the Hopi community. **
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