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palhik' mana (water drinking girl)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • palhik' mana (water drinking girl), late 1900s–1979
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cottonwood root, paint, feathers, wool, yarn, sequins, metal, beads, buckskin, plastic, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 36 x 22 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 1/8 x 8 5/8 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5790

Standing figure with arms slightly in front, on a square light blue wooden base.

Large tablet with protruding shapes attached to white round head. Shapes are light brown, light blue, brown, white and black with black and white dots respectively. White feather attached to each shape with red beads on every other one. Tablet is light blue on the back and black on the front with Hopi corn symbols in red, yellow and blue. Round horizontal cylinder with black-and-white checkerboard with red ends on top of head. Eyes are thick black horizontal lines. Red hatched triangle on each cheek. Open mouth with red, blue and yellow lines painted down to chin. Red, blue, and purple feathers attached to the back of the torso and head. Patch sewn with floral decoration on center of the back. Buckskin necklace with light blue square beads, silver chain and silver sequins. Light brown buckskin tunic. Sash with geometric patterns in red, black yellow and blue, and Hopi cloud symbols in black. Red-brown arms with faded yellow hands. White and colored yarn around both wrists. Left hand holds a plastic flower and the right hand holds a feather. Leather belt. Black wool skirt with blue and red stripes. Yellow yarn decoration on right side of skirt. Faded yellow legs and bare feet. Fabric ankle bands with yellow, red and blue geometric designs.