Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Mongwu (great horned owl katsina)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • Mongwu (great horned owl katsina), circa 1965–1970
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • cottonwood, paint, feathers, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 x 13 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6001

The standing figure's arms are bent at the waist. It has a mottled grey head with black and yellow vertical stripes and feathers on top of the head. It has wooden wings on the sides of the head. The black circle eyes are outlined in yellow. The yellow beak is tipped in black. There is a black line with white dashes along the bottom of the face. White yarn is tied around the neck. The torso is black and the neck and shoulders are yellow. It has a blue and white painted necklace and brown painted sashes across both shoulders. The upper arms are black and have blue bands. The forearms are yellow. The white hands have brown lines. The white skirt has red dashes along the top. There is a wooden sash on the right side with blue, green, red, white and black geometric symbols. It has black legs and red-brown moccasins.