Mora Lithos of Hopi Kachinas
64. MORA, Jo[seph Jacinto]. Jo Mora's Watercolor Collection of Hopi Kachina and Ceremonial Figures. Tulsa, 1979. Collection of 8 colored lithograph plates on rag paper in original portfolios. Fine.
First edition, limited edition (#598 of 650 copies). Perceiving the Hopi were the last Native Americans to preserve the integrity of their ceremonies, Mora created this valuable ethnological record of Hopi ceremonial dress. Dr. Frederick J. Dockstader, author of Indian Art in America, in his appraisal of Mora's paintings stated: "They represent a unique record of Hopi Indian religious ceremonies of the period; their value is represented by the careful detail and aesthetic appeal, as created by one of the outstanding Southwestern artists of the day." Mora (1876-1947) was born in Uruguay, studied art in New York and Boston, worked as a cowboy on California ranches in 1903, and spent two years among the Hopi and Navaho, learning their language and observing their ceremonies. For more on Mora, see Samuels, Artists of the American West. ($1,500-3,000)
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