|Dimensions||24 × 12 × 24 in|
Hopi Carved Butterfly Katsina Sculpture by Alton Pashano. Butterfly Maiden Dancer. The Butterfly Dance is a harvest thanksgiving dance. This sculpture shows the Sunface shining in a summertime sky over the pueblo.
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Carved Hopi Butterfly Sunface. Palhik Mana is a Butterfly Maiden; not a Katsina, but a woman dancer. She generally appears in August, as that is when the butterflies appear. The Butterfly Dance, a traditional social dance of the Hopi, is held in August after the gathering of the harvest and presentation of the Snake Dance. It is a thanksgiving dance for the harvest, chiefly for the corn crop, and features dancing by young Hopi women. This particular maid has her hair down which means she is a married woman.
This carving shows a Hopi sash with the Sunface peeking out of the robes. The base has a kiva entrance.
Carved Hopi Butterfly Sunface
14 in. tall complete; including antennae
Hopi Katsinam are crafted to acknowledge celestial beings, significant animals to the Hopi people, and the ancestors who help with their harvest, raising their spirits as well as raising their children. The Hopi people believe that the Katsina dancers possess supernatural powers, though they are men from the village wearing masks and feathered costumes.
There are hundreds of Hopi Katsinam, “personations” of supernatural beings, important animals and ancestors who help the Hopi people raise their crops, their children, and their spirits. The Katsina dancers are men wearing masks–each of which represents a particular Katsina–and paint and feathered costumes. Everyone in the village, aside from the children, knows that the Katsina dancers are actually men from the village, though Katsinam are still believed to have supernatural powers. Much of the value in these dances is found to be instructing the young. Hand carved and collector items. Signed and numbered.
All his carvings are Signed and numbered.