. . . MINIATURE Kachina, two inch size. Carved in ONE PIECE cottonwood root by the late Gil Maldonado of Second Mesa, ca.1980s. MINT condition, 3rd Mesa variety, still mounted on the original card! Circa Eighties 1980s.
The Soyal is listed as #1 in Harold S. Colton’s book on authentic Hopi Kachinas because Soyal is the “Solstice” Kachina. He appears at the time of Winter Soltice and is the first Kachina to appear each season. His job is to awaken the growing season and alert Hopi farmers “it is time” to plan for tilling the fields.
Amazing carving and incredibly fine painting. Mint.
(Note: the Kachina buyer receives may not be one shown as we had two, nearly identical, both in mint condition.)