Native American Hopi Carved Clown Katsina Doll


Native American Hopi Carved Clown Katsina Doll by Richard Gorman

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. This clown is whistling a tune, trying to look innocent, although his bloodshot eyes tell a different story. He does seem happy for his pockets full of snacks.


9 in. tall


Richard Gorman--7102

In stock
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