CLOWN KACHINA DOLL BY RYON POLEQUAPTEWA (HOPI)
Ryon is from Shungopavi Village on the Hopi Reservation in Northern Arizona and is a member of the Sun Clan. He resides in Phoenix, AZ. Ryon carves traditional style Katsina dolls as seen from personal experience. Each one-of-a-kind figure is imbued with humor, imagination, and character. Ryon learned the art from Edward Seechoma. Much of Ryon's current work is inspired by the Kachina dolls of Wilson Tawaquaptewa (1871- 1960) who intentionally created dolls that were not exact representations of the Kachina dancers to protect their sacred nature.
"The name Tsuku is synonymous with clown. They, like the Paiyakyamu of Koshari, make an ash house with ashes from the fireplaces. They run races with the Wawarus Kachina and are the butt of much humor with the Piptuka. They are severely chastised by the Warrior Kachinas and the Owl Kachina for their misbehavior." Kachinas by Barton Wright
measurements: 10" tall x 2 3/4" wide