A HOPI COTTONWOOD KACHINA DOLL
representing Malo, with semi-circular feet, straight legs, and bent arms carved in shallow relief, wearing traditional costume of kilt and "embroidered" sash, red body paint, and case mask divided into two color fields, with rectangular eyes, tubular mouth, and rainclouds on the back, a tuft of red hair to one side and feathers at top, mounted on a rectangular wood base, with old tag inscribed, From The Hopi Villages
Height: 9¾ in. ( 24.2 cm.)
Collected by the present owner's grandfather, Rudi Blesh, who received this lot from Marcel Duchamp and Teeny Matisse. It had been gifted to them by Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning Ernst.