Female Dancers with Koshare

Maker and role
Artist: Tonita Peña, New Mexican, San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1893-1949
ca. 1930-ca. 1940
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Object detail

Watercolor on paper
11 1/8 x 14 1/8in (28.3 x 35.9cm)
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Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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Further information
A popular character appearing in Katsina ceremonies is the Koshare or Pueblo sacred clown. Painted with broad horizontal black and white stripes, Koshares use humor to show what is improper behavior in Pueblo society. By operating outside normal rules, Koshares expose actions that are unacceptable to others, thus mirroring Pueblo's moral values.


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