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Tasap (Navajo katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Tasap (Navajo katsina), late 1900s–1967
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cottonwood, paint, yarn, feathers, plastic, leather, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57 x 20 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 7 7/8 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5987

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

It has a brown head with striped feathers on the top and the proper left side. There is a blue rounded cone ear with a yellow and blue Hopi blossom symbol inside. The ear is covered in red yarn. The green face has black pothook eyes and a yellow beak with black rectangles outlined in red and white on the sides. There is white yarn around the beak. There is a black border along the bottom of the face and a wooden green ruff around the neck. It has a blue cord necklace. There are two ears of corn painted on the back of the head. It has a pink torso and arms and a red cloth sash across the proper right shoulder. There are white rectangles with lightning symbols down the back and chest. Both upper arms have blue and orange leather bands. Both forearms have a white "xx." The proper right wrist has a black yarn tie. The proper left wrist has a brown leather band with a grey square and blue dots. The proper right hand holds a blue rattle and the proper left hand holds a green plastic plant. It has a white belt and sash. The sash has vertical grey lines and the belt has a black border along the top. There is a yellow wooden animal tail attached to the back at the waist. It has a white kilt with black Hopi cloud symbols and red, black, green and white geometric designs. There are pink legs with black yarn ties around both knees. It has red moccasins with white soles and brown leather fringe around the ankles.