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Monongya (lizard katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Monongya (lizard katsina), mid 1900s–1991
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cottonwood, paint, feathers, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 19 x 7 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5984
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The standing figure's arms are on the belly and the legs are not fully divided. The top of the head is black and white vertical stripes with brown feathers attached to the top of the head. It has red ears, and a blue face with a yellow step pyramid shape, identified as the Hopi cloud symbol, outlined in black around the snout. It has black rectangle eyes outlined in yellow, and a yellow snout with a black Hopi cloud symbol. The shoulders and the neck area are yellow and the rest of the torso is black with yellow horizontal lines. The arms and hands are relief carved around the body. The arms are yellow and the wrists have painted black ties. The hands are white. The kilt is white with a red and black border around the bottom. The feet and legs are somewhat conical and are yellow, black and blue stripes.