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wuyak-kuita (broad-faced katsina)
  • J. Polehitah
  • wuyak-kuita (broad-faced katsina), mid 1900s–1992
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, shells, buckskin, plastic, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 x 15 x 12.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 5 7/8 x 4 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5773

Standing figure, bent slightly forward with arms bent.

Black head has feathers attached to the back with a buckskin circle and smaller feathers on top. Two horns with black and blue horizontal stripes. Popout white eyes with black pupils. Mouth lined in red with triangular white teeth. Black plastic beard with white horizontal stripes. Torso is mottled red and white. Biceps each have a buckskin band with shells. Forearms are black with big white dots and each wrist has a buckskin band with shells. He holds plant fibers in the proper left hand and grassy plant fibers in the proper right hand.

Black rattlesnake outlined in yellow circling red leather skirt. Legs are black with big white dots. Red moccasin boots with white soles. Figure stands on a round unpainted wooden base.

"Broad Faced Kachina J.C" written on top of base.