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Sowi-ing (deer katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Sowi-ing (deer katsina), late 1800s–1981
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • cottonwood, chicken feathers, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25.5 x 14 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/16 x 5 1/2 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5983

The standing figure's arms are held before the body.

The figure has white antlers and brown feathers on the top of the head. There are black and brown feathers at the back of the head. The red, blue, and yellow stripes are separated by black stripes with white dashes on the crown. It has a blue face with black and red outline, black rectangle eyes, and a long black snout. There is a red, black and white Hopi blossom symbol on each cheek. The pink and white cone ears have light brown feathers at the ends. It has a light blue torso with white lightning symbols on the back and front. It has a blue and white painted necklace. There is a white, yellow, and red band on each upper arm. Two vertical lines, identified as warrior marks, are on the lower forearms. The proper left wrist has a blue and black wristband and the hand holds a blue and white staff. The proper right wrist has a painted black tie and the hand holds a blue rattle with a feather on the top. Both hands are white with black lightning symbols. It has a white kilt with black and red borders and a wooden white sash on the back with light brown Hopi friendship symbols and vertical lines. It has light blue legs with white lightning symbols. The blue moccasins have red and yellow geometic designs.