Zuni Pueblo Shalako and Koyemsi Katsina Doll Pair
Homer Sowtey - Zuni Pueblo
wood, fabric, feathers, paint, shell, hair
25 x 14 x 9 inches (L x W x D)
This version of the Shalako is a very good representation of the real Shalako. The hand-made clothing is well above average. What appears to be white linen clothing is embellished with elaborately overlaid painted fabric within which are embroidered designs representing Sun faces, Ojo de Dios, rain clouds and other symbols. A necklace of shell and turquoise beads hangs from the neck as do two fox fur pendants. A beautiful ruff of feathers surrounds the neck, and hair and feathers cover the head and hang down as hair behind the mask. The accompanying Mudhead is traditional in presentation with the knotted mask, black bandana around the neck, and a seed bag over his shoulder.