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Malo katsina
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • Malo katsina, late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cottonwood, paint, feathers, yarn, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 41 x 16 x 13.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5976

The standing figure's arms are bent at the waist. It has a white head with yellow, and a feather on top. The proper right ear is a tuft of red yarn and feathers. The proper left ear is round with yellow, blue, and red stripes. The proper left half of the face is red outlined in blue and the proper right half of the face is blue outlined in red. There is a black line with white dashes down the middle of the face and along the bottom of the face. The black tube mouth has white rectangles outlined in red on both sides. Black string is tied around the neck. It has a blue and white painted necklace. The proper right shoulder is blue and the proper left shoulder is yellow. The rest of the torso is red. The upper arms are red. The proper right forearm is yellow and the proper left forearm is blue. It is missing the proper right hand. It has a white kilt with a black border and red, blue, and black geometric patterns. The kilt also has black Hopi cloud symbols. The proper left leg is yellow and the proper right leg is blue. It has red moccasins. There is a missing portion of the proper right foot.