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hahai-i wuhti (mother katsina)
  • Ted Puhuyesva
    active pre–1960–present
    active: United States, United States, United States, United States
  • hahai-i wuhti (mother katsina), 1983
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • cottonwood, paint, yarn, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 16.5 x 6.5 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/2 x 2 9/16 x 1 3/16 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7428

The katsina is flat from the front to the back. The head is outlined in black with a white face. The painted red bangs partially cover the eyes. The eyes and mouth are black circles with a "U" underneath. There are two red circles on the cheeks. The bottom of the face is a thick yellow line outlined in black. There is black yarn tied around the neck. The body is one white piece. The proper right shoulder is painted green and the proper left is yellow. The proper left hand is green and the proper right is yellow. There are three thick red vertical stripes from the bottom of the figure up on both the back and front.