Basketball Kachina MiniaturePete Sumatzkuku
This multitalented Hopi artist is best known for his miniature watercolor/pen and ink works.
He specializes in meticulously detailed, authentic depictions of dancers as kachinas. The paintings are full of color and movement, as well.
This delightful painting is of a Koshare, one of the ceremonial clowns. They have solemn duties, but are primarily a source of humorous social control.
They might exaggerate gross behavior, emphasizing what not to do, or just burlesque inappropriate actions, for additional laughs, as here.
A ceremonial dance is definitely not the place to play basketball!
The colors are muted, but contrast well with the suffused sun-and-sky colors in the background.
Every bit of his outfit, down to the unlaced high-tops, is meticulously delineated.
Matted, as the artist brought it in, this would make a fine collection with his other “sports kachinas”, elsewhere on this site: the golfer and the soccer player.