Kachina is 7-1/4" tall including 1" base, and 4-1/2" wide at widest points.
Stunning Kachina with excellent detail work! From the top of the head to the base this doll is excellently carved, painted, and detailed. Words alone could not serve this piece of Native American art justice.
The Tungwup Ta-amu Kachina or Whipper's Uncle Kachina does not appear with the Hu or other Tungwup Kachinas. He is usually seen guarding the Bean Dance Parade. His main function is to be a guard at ceremonies. The Whippers Uncle is unlike the other Whipper Kachinas, in that he is never whipping or punishing children, nor is involved in the initiation process. Most people would confuse the Whipper and Tungwup Kachinas, in that they are very similar in appearance, yet their functions are slightly different. Whipper Kachinas are often carved slightly different depending on which village the carver comes from.
Award winning artist Keith Torres and his work, can be seen in the book, "Kachina Dolls and Their Carvers" by Theda Bassman. He is one of the most creative Hopi Carvers around. With his own style of carving, Keith has shown an incredible art talent, his carving and detailing combination have produced among the best Kachina dolls to date. He puts a lot of time and effort into his Kachina Dolls, trying to make them as perfect as he sees them in his own mind. Starting in 1985, Keith was taught how to carve by Edward Poleahla. One of the things he enjoys most in the creation of a Kachina doll is the painting. Keith was born on December 14th, 1963 in Window Rock, Arizona. He is a part of the Coyote and Fire Clans of the Hopi Tribe.
This Kachina Doll is made of cottonwood root. It measures approximately 10-3/4" tall including 1" base and is 4" wide at its widest points. Kachina is signed on the side of the base "Keith Torres". If you would like to see a picture of the signature on the bottom of the base or more pictures of the doll please let us know. We are PROUD to bring you another amazing Kachina Doll! Dolls like this one are the reason we are the #1 NATIVE AMERICAN ART SELLER!
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