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Untitled (Coyote and Turtle)

after 1930 Unidentified carved, varnished, and painted walnut 15 3/8 x 9 5/8 x 14 in. (39.2 x 24.5 x 35.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.339 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, West Wing

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This carving seems to portray a Hopi tale about Coyote and Turtle. Turtle foolishly leaves the river, but tricks Coyote into helping him get back home. While the carver of this sculpture is unknown, the imagery resembles illustrations done by Fred Kabotie (1900--86), a Hopi from the second Mesa, for Taytay's Tales, published in 1922.


Animal - coyote

Animal - reptile - turtle


folk art

wood - walnut