Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Lakan (squirrel katsina)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • Lakan (squirrel katsina), late 1900s–1975
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • cottonwood, paint, leather, feathers, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 x 10.5 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 x 4 1/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6013

The standing figure has a brown head with feathers on the top and sides. The face is outlined with two green borders. It has drop-shaped black eyes outlined in green. There are two green vertical lines, identified as warrior marks on the cheeks and snout. The brown snout is showing teeth. There is a black line with white dashes on the bottom of the face. There are brown leather sashes with fringe across both shoulders. The brown torso has two white ovals on the chest and back. The leather bands have white dots on the upper arms. It has brown arms with a white oval. The proper left wrist has a leather band with a black, blue, and white design. The white kilt has a light brown border. The white belt has a square black piece on the front and back. The black piece has a green and red border. There is a wooden sash on the proper right side with blue, green, red, black, and white geometric designs. The light brown wooden animal tail is attached to the back at the waist. It has brown legs with a white oval and brown moccasins with red painted fringe around the back.