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kwahu (eagle katsina)
  • Steve Youvella
    active ?–present
    active: United States
  • kwahu (eagle katsina), mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Polacca, Arizona, United States
  • wood, feathers, yarn, metal, cloth, synthetic fur, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 38 x 30 x 31 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 15/16 x 11 3/4 x 12 3/16 in
  • Gift of David and Jean Francisco
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5789

Standing figure with arms spread wide and leaning forward on one leg. Rectangular base.

Green head with black horizontal eyes and a black chevron. Yellow beak, slightly open, with black tip and red nostrils. Small dark feathers on top and back of head. Dark grey feather ruff around neck. Red ears with feather attached to each one. Plant fiber tied around forehead. Large grey feathers and white downy feathers on each yellow arms. Red hands with white spots. Arms are held out away from body in a flying motion. Black bare torso with red spotss and yellow sun. Rectangular tablet with feathers along the sides attached to back, green outlined in yellow and red. Fabric skirt, sash and belt with red, green, black and white geometric patterns. Black synthetic fur animal tail attached to back. Yellow and white legs with red spots. Black yarn and silver bells tied around both knees. Red moccasin boots with fabric around the heels. Figure stands on red rectangular wooden base.