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Hopi shalako mana (Hopi cloud girl katsina)
  • Ted Puhuyesva
    active pre–1960–present
    active: United States, United States, United States, United States
  • Hopi shalako mana (Hopi cloud girl katsina), 1983
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • cottonwood, paint, feathers, yarn, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 x 26 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 7/8 x 10 1/4 x 2 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7430

The katsina figure is flat from the front to the back. There are three step pyramid shapes painted red, yellow, and green protruding from the sides and the top of the head, each with a downy white feather on the end. There is a wooden cylinder with a black and white checkerboard pattern on the forehead with brown feathers coming out of the ends. The head is outlined in black with a white face with black rectangle eyes. There is a red hatched triangle on each cheek. There is a black circle for the mouth with a red, green, and yellow colored rainbow around the mouth. Black yarn is 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.