Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sandy's Storage Unit Treasure Discovery

I do not specifically remember purchasing this ten inch clown kachina by Hopi carver Hugh Smith, Jr. in the year 1979 from the Hubbell Trading post for what now seems a very bargain price of $80, but its origin and price are clearly marked under the tree stump. Sandy located it in an old packing box in her recent clean out of our storage unit. He wears a metal bracelet on his right hand and a mollusk and leather bowguard. I was most intrigued by the wrapped blanket bundle under his left arm. This little textile discovery has prompted me to begin researching Hopi textile history; relevant blogs are sure to follow.