Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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unidentified katsina
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • unidentified katsina, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, feathers, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 33.5 x 20 x 9.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/16 x 7 7/8 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5998

The standing figure's arms are bent at the waist. There is a two hump tableta on the top of the head with a large brown feather attached at the back. The tableta has Hopi cloud symbols outlined in orange on the front and back. The tableta is attached to a crown that has yellow, black and orange stripes. The figue has a light brown head, orange tab ears, black rectangle eyes and a black tube mouth with orange rectangles and an orange end. There is a black border around the face and white string around the neck. The torso is orange with a light brown sun design around the neck. The arms are light brown with black painted ties around the wrists. The arms and hands are relief carved around the waist. The light brown and white kilt has a black border and geometric designs, some are identified as Hopi pyramid cloud symbols. It has light brown legs with black painted ties. The mocassins are brown and orange.