Long before sanitized images of Kokopelli, as a flute player, started to appear as a symbol of the southwest, Kokopelli was a somewhat fearful character with a hunched back and was represented as very well endowed. Young girls were afraid of Kokopelli as they believed on his back he carried and delivered young babies to them after he had been seen. The missionaries that arrived in the southwest eventually convinced the Hopis to refrain from depicting Kokopelli with a prominent phallus.
The sexual revolution of the sixties in America trickled down into Hopi art in the early seventies and once again prominent phallus symbols were depicted on some fertility objects. This hand carved fertility mask has three phallus symbols depicted, two on either side of his head which are spreading fertility and one above his head pointing towards the heavens The feather colors indicate this spirit comes from above or the zenith. This sort of depiction was only done for a short period and then the sanitized Kokopelli became ubiquitous.This is not a sacred piece used in ceremonies or which is believed to actually embody a spirit. This is an incredibly rare, one of a kind piece and it is interesting to see the Hopi artisan utilize a bit of early 70s shag carpet for the collar! Truly a magnificent piece of cultural history! This art would make a wonderful addition to your spiritual artifact collection and also has tremendous decorator appeal. R a r e & S u p e r b H o p i S p i r i t u a l A r t! The item "HOPI FERTILITY MASK WALL SCULPTURE! Rare Tribal Art Wood Vtg American 70s 60s" is in sale since Monday, March 27, 2017.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "gallery20th" and is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. This item can be shipped worldwide.