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Poli Mana (butterfly girl)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Poli Mana (butterfly girl), late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cottonwood, paint, feathers, ribbon, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 66 x 44 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 26 x 17 5/16 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6010
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Description

The large standing figure's arms are bent in front of the body. It has an elaborate tableta around the face with red, black, yellow and blue corn symbols topped with blue, orange, and yellow Hopi pyramid cloud symbols. Two of the corn symbols are topped with red triangles (possibly lightning symbols). Grey feathers adorn each section of the tableta. A tuft of brown feathers with red, white, light green, and yellow ribbons is attached on the back of the head. The pink face has black wooden hair extending down the back to the waist. Two orange rods with a blue and a yellow end stick out of the top of the head. A blue rod in the middle sticks out and has a feather attached at the end. There is a black and white checkered dowel on the forehead with a white ruff around the ends and a feather at each end. It has human features on the face consisting of black almond eyes, a protruding nose, and red lips. There are red markings on each cheek. There is white string around the neck. The pink arms have painted black ties around the wrists. The yellow hands hold a red stick with feathers attached. It has a light blue shirt and a white off the shoulder dress. There is a black border around the waist and black, red and green geometric patterns on the proper left side, including the Hopi pyramid cloud symbols. It has a white wooden sash on the proper left side. The bottom portion of the dress is white with green and black geometric designs and red, blue and yellow Hopi cloud symbols. The yellow legs and bare feet have green painted bands around the ankles.