Origin: Teddy Weahkee, Zuni
Date: First half of the 20th C.
Media: Antler horn, turquoise, , shell, hide
Dimensions: 3.9″ tall, 3.75″ wide
Description: This mudhead kachina figure by Teddy Weahkee is as charming and sweet as they come! He looks like an astronaut floating in space. The contrast between the whiteness of the antler horn and the hide, turquoise and shells makes for a beautiful, however small, ornament.
These figures were made for tourist trade, and are some of the earlier items made during that period that bridged the authentic objects used for tribal rituals and then those sold to tourists. While this is a tourist object, it is an early example of that transition period.
Provenance: This single fetish was acquired along with 14 others, all from the Tres Compadres Ranch of the McMahon family of Houston, TX. Patricia Bennett McMahon (1929-2017) and her sister had one of the early art galleries in Santa Fe, NM.