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Kwahu (eagle katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Kwahu (eagle katsina), late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, feathers, paint, cloth, yarn, fur, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 66.5 x 68.5 x 36 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 26 3/16 x 26 15/16 x 14 3/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6477

The figure is kneeling on one knee with arms spread wide. The top of the head is white and the rest of the head is blue. There are large white feathers with black tips around the head. The figure has red tab ears. There is a white dowel with feathers at both ends on the forehead. It has black rectangle eyes. A black inverted v, identified as a mark of office, is located over the beak. The open beak is yellow tipped with black. There is a brown fur ruff around the neck, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. It has a black torso with a yellow chest and yellow lines extending down to the waist. The arms are spread wide. The top of the upper arm is yellow and the bottom is black. All of the forearm is yellow. There are black yarn ties around the shoulders, elbows, and wrists. It has white hands. There are large white feathers with black tips attached to the backs of the arms. There is a fur tuft on the lower back. There are bird wings with blue and brown feathers along the figure's sides and back extending to the base. The woven loincloth has brown, light brown, blue, black, and white linear designs. It has a brown woven belt, red-brown legs, and black yarn ties and brown fur ruffs around the knees and ankles. It has dark red-brown moccasins. The figure is on one knee on a gnarled wooden base.