Description
Katsina Kokopelli
Kachina Flute Player
Work by sculptor Hopi Jimmie K (1888-1966)
Signed JK under the feet
Hopi Arizona
Years 1950
H. 22,5 cm
Kokopelli Katsina - Flute Player Kachina doll by Hopi sculptor Jimmie K (1888-1966)
Signed JK under the feet
H. 8 7/8 in
Provenance:
- Collection of Mister A. F., Paris
This Kachina doll represents the spirit of Kokopelli, a mythical character often represented as a hunchbacked flute player. Inherited from the archaic Native American traditions of the Southwestern United States, the myth of Kokopelli is linked to fertility, joy, humour and long life.
This figure was sculpted by Jimmie Kewanwytewa, better known as Jimmie K. The latter worked under the direction of Harold Colton at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff from 1934 until his death. In the 1940s, he was the first Kachina sculptor to sign his works with an initial painted in black ink under each foot (as in the sculpture shown here).
He is with Wilson Tawaquaptewa and Jimmy Koots (see lot 5) one of the most famous Hopi sculptors.
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Katsina Kokopelli
Kachina Flute Player
Work by sculptor Hopi Jimmie K (1888-1966)
Signed JK under the feet
Hopi Arizona
Years 1950
H. 22,5 cm
Kokopelli Katsina - Flute Player Kachina doll by Hopi sculptor Jimmie K (1888-1966)
Signed JK under the feet
H. 8 7/8 in
Provenance:
- Collection of Mister A. F., Paris
This Kachina doll represents the spirit of Kokopelli, a mythical character often represented as a hunchbacked flute player. Inherited from the archaic Native American traditions of the Southwestern United States, the myth of Kokopelli is linked to fertility, joy, humour and long life.
This figure was sculpted by Jimmie Kewanwytewa, better known as Jimmie K. The latter worked under the direction of Harold Colton at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff from 1934 until his death. In the 1940s, he was the first Kachina sculptor to sign his works with an initial painted in black ink under each foot (as in the sculpture shown here).
He is with Wilson Tawaquaptewa and Jimmy Koots (see lot 5) one of the most famous Hopi sculptors.

Estimate 1 000 - 1 300 EUR
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Location of the item
France - 75008 Paris