Five kachina drawings
Lot 5002
Five early 20th century Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin, inventory cards with depictions of Hopi kachina dolls
Sold for US$ 3,125 inc. premium

Lot Details
Five early 20th century Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin, inventory cards with depictions of Hopi kachina dolls Five early 20th century Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin, inventory cards with depictions of Hopi kachina dolls Five early 20th century Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin, inventory cards with depictions of Hopi kachina dolls Five kachina drawings
Five early 20th century Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin, inventory cards with depictions of Hopi kachina dolls
The printed cards with hand-written notes and descriptions in period ink, "Keam" in the field for sammler (collector), "Moqui" written above, each with a tipped-in original illustration, ink and color crayon, showing Sio Hemis, Shalako Mana, Shalako Taka, Polik Mana and an unusual example titled "Quah-eey" (inventory numbers IV B 5093, IV B 5101, IV B 5105, IV B 5106 and IV B 5142, respectively), matted and framed.
size of each (sight) 6 1/4 x 8in

Footnotes

  • These five cards display representative examples of approximately one hundred kachinas acquired by the Berlin Ethnological Museum from trading post operator Thomas V. Keam in 1901, part of a collection of 2500 old and modern Hopi objects purchased by the Museum from Keam for a price of $3000. It is unclear whether all the kachinas were similarly catalogued, and further research may yet reveal who the artist was.

    Ill:
    Bolz, Peter and Sanner, Hans-Ulrich, 1999, p. 119, fig. 98 shows the actual Polik Mana kachina doll that card # IV B 5106 represents. This doll was amongst the large amount of artifacts looted by the Soviets at the end of the Second World War, transported to Leningrad before eventually finding repository at the Museum für Völkerkunde, Liepzig in East Germany. Post-unification saw the collection returned to the Berlin Museum in the early 1990's. See ibid, pp. 40-49 for an in-depth history of this tumultuous period.
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