Aya (Kachina with rattle) Hopi, Arizona,... - Lot 5 - Giquello

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Aya (Kachina with rattle) Hopi, Arizona,... - Lot 5 - Giquello
Aya (Kachina with rattle) Hopi, Arizona, USA Cottonwood root, pigments 1950s-60s H. 11.5 cm This 11.5 cm high kachina doll represents the spirit Aya (meaning rattle). Its name derives from the figuration of its mask, which the Hopis say is reminiscent of a rattle. Rattles were ritual musical instruments commonly used at Hopi dances. Rattles were also given to children at the end of ceremonies. Aya kachinas took part in ritual races. Their predominantly white masks are devoid of eyes. The face is richly decorated with symbolism. Solar motifs are depicted on each temple. The turquoise part of the solar motif represents the earth, and the primitive swastika at its center represents the four cardinal points in Hopi symbolism. The red serrated motifs represent water. Finally, in the center of the mask, the black-painted geometric composition (strokes, lines, crosses) represents the Milky Way, or man's place in the universe. Condition report: Consistent with age and use, some pigment loss on surface, one bottom broken/end missing.
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