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Arthur Holmes Jr. : Broadface

19 1/2" total height

"In every ceremony there are guards to prevent any transgression on the path of the kachinas. In addition, guards or Angry Kachinas were formerly used to enforce community work such as the cleaning of springs.

"It is to this category that the Wuyak-kuita belongs. There is evidence that this kachina has many forms that have changed through time. Wuyak-kuita is most often seen bringing up the rear of the Bean Dance Procession or circling wide at the sides.

"He is the one who moves toward the clowns and absolutely terrifies them. On Third Mesa these are the kachinas who guard the kivas to keep He'e'e from approaching too close during the Palolokong Ceremony, or from going to the Flute Spring during the same ceremony. This form of the kachina is the one most commonly seen at ceremonies like the Powamu."

- Barton Wright, Kachinas: a Hopi Artist's Documentary (26)


Arthur Holmes Jr. is the son of well-known Hopi carver, Arthur Holmes Sr. Both have received recognition for their superb work in kachina carving. Highly sought after by collectors, both Arthur Jr. and his father keep busy producing some of the finest carvings available.

Their work can only be found in the most discriminating collections, galleries, and museums around the world. Arthur has truly caught his father's vision for realistic contemporary kachina carving.

As a Hopi Kachina Carver, Artist Arthur Holmes, Jr. has often found that the pieces he carves, will become what they want to become. Every aspect of this piece is detailed to the extreme. We took special notice of the hands and fingernails.

Arthur Holmes, Jr. is considered to be one of the best, if not the best, high-end Katsina carver of our time. His work is a collector's dream because of the exquisite detail he is known for. Arthur Jr. is a very quiet person who enjoys carving in seclusion. He keeps his surroundings surreal, breath taking, and relaxing, creating most of his carvings in the out-doors. This allows him to feel at one with nature, and allows him to relax as he creates each masterpiece.

Arthur was taught by his father, who is very proud of his son, and is pleased with the level of talent that he has developed. He feels that his son has surpassed his own work and is very proud of this.

The work of Arthur Holmes Jr., speaks for itself. Although Arthur Jr. has not entered himself into many juried competitions, which some say he would easily win, his work is known throughout the carving and collecting community, as "elite".

If you're looking to add an excellent example by one of the living-masters - here's your chance.

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