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Representing ‘Ahola’ the God of Germination, a leading Kachina of great importance for the growth of the corn crop
Size: 52cm high (approx) 31cm wide, 29cm deep – 20½ ins high (approx) 12¼ ins wide, 11½ ins deep / 198cm high – 78 ins high (with stand)
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 20, item no. 17, for another dance mask and catalogue no. 8, item no. 73, for a Hopi Kachina effigy doll
cf: Denver Art Museum (cat no. NL-2) for a comparable example
During the season the Kachinas are impersonated by members of the men’s associations wearing masks such as these that envelope the head. Dancing and chanting songs the men become the supernatural beings, ‘Kachina’ and are able to converse with the gods. The Hopi continue to lead traditional lives, and although they embrace education and some modern technology, everyone returns home from working in the cities to take part in the dance festivals.