Alvin James Sr. (Makya)

Kaisale Clown

22 1/2" H total height

Kaisale is one of the beautiful clowns, so-called because of the many colors that stripe his body.

His actions, however, are those of the Tsuku - the Hopi clown. He engages in any outrageous act that will tickle the fancy of the audience.

- Barton Wright, Kachinas: a Hopi Artist's Documentary (243)

Alvin was born May 7, 1936 at the Hopi Village of Old Oraibi, Arizona. He was a forerunner in carving fine, all wood kachinas and sculptures. The life-like features made his kachinas unique. He started carving as a small boy, but it wasn't until he got out of the military that he took a real interest in carving.

Today he is remembered as one of the foremost pioneers of modern kachina carving. His work has been represented in nearly every major publication on kachina carvings and is shown in major museums and collections around the world.

Gallery Price: $4,500.00

Sale: $3,600.00
(plus sh/han)

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