Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Tawa (sun katsina)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • Tawa (sun katsina), circa 1965–1970
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • cottonwood, paint, chicken feathers, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 26 x 12.5 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/4 x 4 7/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5991

The standing figure's arms are bent at the waist.

It has a round face with black and white wooden feathers all around (like rays from sun) and brown feathers behind. The top proper right quadrant of the face is red outlined in yellow and the top proper left quadrant is yellow outlined in red. The bottom half of the face is blue and has black rectangle eyes and a black triangle mouth. The back of the head has real feathers. The shoulder and neck area is yellow. The bottom half of the torso and upper arms are orange. The chest and back have two yellow vertical lines, identified as warrior marks. The forearms are yellow. The proper right wrist has a painted black tie and the hand holds a blue rattle with a feather on top. The proper left wrist has a blue and black band and the hand holds a feather. Both hands are white with black lightning symbols. The figure wears a white kilt with a red border along the top and a black border along the bottom. The sash on the proper right side has red, blue, green, white, and black geometric designs. It has yellow legs with blue moccasins with red and yellow designs.