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tasap (Navajo katsina), tasap mana (Navajo girl katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • tasap (Navajo katsina), tasap mana (Navajo girl katsina), mid 1900s–1992
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, feathers, paint, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 x 26 x 9.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 10 1/4 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5791
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Description
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Two figures standing on a rectangular base.

Facing left figure (Navajo): Blue-green head with red cap covered in light feathers and black-tipped feathers. Back of head is red with black Hopi corn symbols. Yellow ear with feather down and red hair on right side of head. Eyes are thick horizontal lines. Yellow beak with rectangular holes carved on each side and painted red. Black and white geometric design along bottom of head. Pink torso with a red painted sash and yellow horizontal dashes. Blue painted necklace. Pink arms have a blue band on each bicep with yellow horizontal dashes. Purple yarn tied around wrists. White hands with a red Hopi lightning symbol. Right hand holds a light green rattle and left hand holds green feathers. White skirt with sash. Wooden fox tail on back. Skirt has red and black geometric designs. Pink legs and brown mocassin boots.

Facing right figure (Navajo girl). Pink face with black hair tied in a whorl. White oval eyes outlined in black with black pupils. Yellow blouse with a blue, red and white painted necklace. Pink hands each hold green feathers. Red belt outlined in green with white lines, "x's" and dots. Blue skirt with white horizontal lines around bottom. White leggings and red moccasins.