This is a version of the Hemis Kachina, shown as an abstract dancer. The Hemis kachina is a fertility figure, related to ripening crops.
While the face, ruff, and headdress (Tablita) are detailed, the non-realistic, swirled body, creates a sense of other-worldliness.
It gives the impression of a being wearing a blanket with dramatic and graceful folds.
The combination of earthy, natural clay colors, and textures – the polished blanket, the incised feathers and ruff, the matte finish in some of the painted parts – add to the play of movement.
It looks as if it just whirled in on the wind, yet there is a quiet strength about the figure.
It is dynamic and serene at the same time, as befits a celestial being and a majestic sculpture.
Inquire about the price reduction: a piece of the headdress was cracked, then glued. This can be seen in the close up photo