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Mosairu (buffalo katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Mosairu (buffalo katsina), late 1800s–1981
  • Where object was made: Second Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, string, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 47 x 16 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5974

The standing figure's arms are bent in front of the body.

It has brown wooden hair with white dots and has wooden black and white feathers attached to the hair. Two black horns are directed forward with a white feather tied at each end. It has popout eyes on the black face and a black snout and a white chin. The black torso has a painted white and blue kerchief. There are brown ovals outlined in white with white dots on the torso and back. The black arms have blue, red and yellow bands on the upper arms and brown bands with white dots on the forearms. There is a black painted tie on the proper right wrist and a blue band on the proper left wrist. The hands are white with black lightning symbols. The proper right hand holds a blue rattle with a feather. The proper left hand holds a blue and red lightning stick with feathers at each end. It has a white skirt with black and red borders and a white sash at the back with light brown lines and scales. It has white legs with brown bands with white dots on the shins. It has red moccasin boots.