Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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tuwalakum (guard katsina)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • tuwalakum (guard katsina), late 1900s–1979
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, yarn, paint, feather, synthetic fur, horse hair, buckskin, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 23 x 13 x 10 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 1/16 x 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5776

Wooden figure on round unpainted wooden base. White feathers on top of head with brown feathers on proper left side and green wooden feather with criss-crossed black lines on proper right side of head. Red hair attached to green feather. Face has diagonal black line across it; proper left half white with red crosses and proper right half is red with white crosses. Ears are red with white "x's.". Mouth is an attached leather piece with painted teeth and red lips. Black horse hair beard attached to mouth. Figure is wearing a white synthetic fur cape. Red body with a pelt attached at waist. Black oval with white dots on both chest and back. Forearms and legs are black with white dots. Proper right wrist has black yarn and on the proper left wrist has a light brown leather fringed bracelet with a shell attached. Hands are light brown. Red kilt and sash. Kilt has a black snake painted on it and is trimmed with yellow, green, red and black stripes. Black legs with white dots. Red moccasins.