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Artist:
Leonard Willeto, born 1955-died 1984  Search this
Medium:
housepaint on carved pine with chicken feathers
Dimensions:
11 1/2 x 5 x 3 3/4 in. (29.2 x 12.7 x 9.5 cm.)
Type:
Sculpture
Folk Art
Date:
1980
Luce Center Label:
These two Indian figures are both decorated with chicken feathers and dressed in costumes and elaborate headdresses so that they resemble kachina dolls (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994). Kachina dolls represent sacred ancestral spirits who live among the Pueblo people for part of each year to help them with their growing and harvest seasons. Figures like these were worshiped as idols or given to children to teach them about their ancestors.
Topic:
Ethnic\Indian\Navajo  Search this
Figure\full length  Search this
Dress\ethnic\Indian dress  Search this
Dress\costume\mask  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Object number:
1997.124.99
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Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1997.124.99