Contributor: Healoha Johnston, Assistant Curator, Arts of Hawaiʻi, Honolulu Museum of Art.
Christian Prophet (Philippines) and Kachina Doll (Hopi)
This kachina doll is a made-for-market example of what once served a ritual purpose. Does the kachina still have mana even if it was only made to circulate in retail, not religion? What is the powerplay between the pairing? Is the Christian prophet at a disadvantage without his religious icons? In a duo, who has the upper-hand? Can either bring life-sustaining rain? If not, do they serve a purpose today? Which piece do you think is safe to touch?
Collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Lending Collection