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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.

Distinguishing features

: 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

very good

. 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.