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kwahu (eagle katsina)
  • Kwa
  • kwahu (eagle katsina), late 1900s–1979
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cottonwood, paint, yarn, plastic, feathers
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 29 x 24 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/8 x 9 7/16 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5779

Figure with arms spread wide standing on flat brown wooden base.

Brown feathers on back of head. Black feathers and small white eagle head on top of katsina's head. Head is blue with top painted black. Black rectangle eyes and red square ears with white triangles. Black inverted "V" over yellow beak. Black feather ruff around neck. Black arms with yellow forearms spread wide with black wings with purple feathers over top. White hands hold a red string attached to wings. Black feathers attached to back with fur directly below. Tassel of white yarn attached to proper left side of waist. Black torso with yellow semcircle and vertical lines painted in the middle. Silver chain necklace with teardrop pearl pendant. White felt kilt with black trim. Blue and green belt with sash. Sash has blue, red, white, yellow and black geometric designs. Legs are yellow with black knees with black yarn tied just below. Feet are bare and have leather encasings and red yarn tied around them. Base has a plastic green plant in corner.