24. Philbert Honanie, Third Mesa, AZ: 1 doll
25. Orlon Hontumptewa, Upper Moenkopi, AZ: 1 doll
26. Unknown child from Second Mesa, AZ (School Project): 1 doll
27. Unknown Carvers: 12 dolls
: Pine and Cottonwood root, acrylic paint and natural pigments, feathers, yarn, gourd,
grasses, leather, sticks.
: The wooden bodies average 6 inches high by 2 ¾ inches wide. Embellishments and
headgear (horns, tabletas, feathers, sticks grasses, etc.) add additional height depending on the
Inscriptions and Markings
: Labeled with type and catalog number. Some signed by artist, and
have original price. Markings in pencil.
: The heads of the cradle dolls have all the essential features that
identify the particular kind of Katsina being represented. These details are made by painting,
and with carved jaws, snouts, ears, horns, even heads made of a gourd; and embellishments of
yarn, leather, feathers, grass, and sticks.
The bodies typically are painted in a standardized pattern – white with a blue or blue-green right
shoulder and left arm, a yellow left shoulder and right arm, and vertical red stripes on the lower
part of the body.
Date or Period
: The Cradle dolls in this collection date between ca. 1975 and 2002.
: If known, information for each Cradle Katsina includes: Style, Carver (Artist),
Year acquired, Acquisition source, and published reference. The collectors documentation and
records for the collection (correspondence, notes, carving orders, receipts), and the reference
books listed in the references section, make a very complete record of provenance.
: The collection hung in the collector’s home from inception until 2015, a period of
35 years. The home is temperature-controlled. The collection was taken down in 2015, and at
that time, each doll was cleaned by dusting with air, loosely wrapped in acid-free tissue, and
packed in acid free boxes. The collection is stored in the study of the collector’s home. The
overall condition of the collection is
. There are signs of light wear on some of the
dolls, but no insect damage, or appreciable fading.
: This collection likely represents the most comprehensive collection of
contemporary Cradle Katsinam by a single Hopi carver, Theodore Puhuyesva; also the most
complete in terms representing the most active, inactive, and variant Katsinam. The collection
also contains a representation of 25 Hopi carvers between 1980 and 2002; as well as a cradle doll
carved by a woman from Shungopavi, Rosaline Selina.