Red Imaginary Figure

Copied Leonard Willeto, Red Imaginary Figure, ca. 1980, poster paint on carved pine with chicken feathers, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.100

Artwork Details

Title
Red Imaginary Figure
Date
ca. 1980
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
134 124 in. (33.011.410.2 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Mediums Description
poster paint on carved pine with chicken feathers
Classifications
Keywords
  • Indian — Navajo
  • Figure — full length
Object Number
1997.124.100

Artwork Description

These two Indian figures are both decorated with chicken feathers and dressed in costumes and elaborate headdresses so that they resemble kachina dolls (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994). Kachina dolls represent sacred ancestral spirits who live among the Pueblo people for part of each year to help them with their growing and harvest seasons. Figures like these were worshiped as idols or given to children to teach them about their ancestors.