(Victor Charlie) Ma'alo Kachina - Circa 1940's - 50's
This 8 1/4 Inch doll is by Victor Charlie and dates to the 1940's - 50's. Victor Charlie is the grandfather of well known carver Neil David Sr.. The way the feet are carved, angular, and the way he paints the scroll design going down the kilt and the stiff arms, out front and angular cut of the hands are typical of his carving style.
The doll is a Ma'alo. This Kachina-Being was commonly carved in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but is hardly ever carved and gifted anymore. This is a "Corn" type Kachina and is associated with rain and the harvest. This one is very uncommon in that it is signed by Victor Charlie on the soles of the feet...see pics. The photo is a good one of his signature painted on the feet, but it is definitely more ledgible in viewing in person.