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hon (bear katsina)
  • Martin Jackson
  • hon (bear katsina), late 1900s–1979
  • Where object was made: First Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • cottonwood root, pigment, rabbit fur, synthetic fur, feathers, shell, metal, yarn, string, felt, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 38 x 18 x 18 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 15/16 x 7 1/16 x 7 1/16 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5920

Wooden figure on rounded unpainted wooden base. Four large feathers attached to top of head with tuft of white animal fur. Same white fur in a ruff around the neck. White face with a red bear paw print on each cheek. Black eyes with a red outline. Each rounded red ear has a feather earring attached. Long snout with black triangle and outline painted on it. Red nostrils with sharp wooden teeth and long felt tongue coming out of mouth. Has two white leather? sashes with shells strung on each. Body is white with red paint showing through and has large black circles with red outlines on back, stomach, arms and legs. Light colored bandoliers with spiral shells cross chest. Brown fur trim on each arm. Left hand holds a bow and right hand holds a white rattle with red bear paw prints. Left wrist has a black painted wristband with silver metal disc, detailed with light blue. Right wrist is wrapped with black yarn. Colorful geometric details on belt and waist sash. Front and back of sash has black rectangular piece in front with a yellow flower. Has silver metal discs with light blue dots inserted into sash. Carved fox? pelt attached to the back. Yellow kilt. Red boots have brown fur trim. Black yarn around left knee.