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Palhik' Mana (water drinking girl)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • Palhik' Mana (water drinking girl), late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cottonwood, masonite, paint, feathers, yarn, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 55 x 38 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 5/8 x 14 15/16 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6011

The standing figure has an elaborate tableta on the head. Red, blue and yellow Hopi pyramid cloud symbols and red arrows (lightning symbols) are on the tableta. Grey feathers are attached at the ends of the cloud symbols. The center of the tableta has white, black, blue, and yellow corn symbols. The figure has a white face with black wooden hair and a tuft of feathers on top of the head. There is a black and white checkered dowel on the forehead with a large brown feather at each end. It has black rectangle eyes, and a small black dot mouth with red, yellow and blue lines extending from the mouth to the chin. There are red markings on each cheek. It has a white torso with black and green designs and white arms and hands. There are green yarn ties around the wrists. It has a white off the shoulder dress and a black and blue border around the waist. Red, green, and black geometric designs are on the proper left side of the dress. The bottom portion of the dress has green and black designs on the sides. In the middle and back, there are two connected triangles with a diamond that has a red, green, blue, and yellow section. It has yellow legs and bare feet. There is a black crescent shape on each ankle.