Native American Hopi Carved Clown Katsina Doll with Hot Dogs
Native American Hopi Carved Clown Katsina Doll with Hot Dogs by Neil David Sr.
The Clown (Koshare) Summer Clown, is known by many other names, including Kaisale (Winter Clown), Tsuku (Second and Third Mesa), Koyaala, and Hano (First Mesa). The Clown has a complex ceremonial role, giving wisdom and advice as well as poking fun at unacceptable behavior. The Clown is said to be a glutton, always overdoing it whether he is making fun of the dancers, trying to get the children to behave during ceremonies, or commenting on Hopi behavior. They are generally amusing and do things that no Hopi or anyone else would want to be caught doing. They are often depicted with a watermelon. Neil David is well-known for his clowns, and this Koshare is holding on to two hot dogs, just showing them off, not offering them for sharing. Neil carved this wonderful little piece in 2008.
6.5 in. tall
Neil David Sr.--2226