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omau-u (cloud katsina)
  • Powley
  • omau-u (cloud katsina), late 1900s–1985
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cottonwood root, feathers, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 24.5 x 17 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 5/8 x 6 11/16 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5783
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Small wooden figure with a tablet protruding from top, left and right of head. Tablet is painted red, yellow, and green with black lines and white dots. White feathers at the ends of each tablet. Green face outlined in black. White stripes at top of head. Black rectangle lines with two black vertical lines on each cheek. Protruding flat snout with black lines on top. White teeth and red lips paitned around snout. Green and white necklace painted on a red and yellow torso. Arms wrap around body and meet in front. Hands painted white. White and green kilt with black strip around bottom. Sash painted on the katsina's right side; red, white, green and black stripes with black stepped pyramids, identified as cloud symbols. Feet are painted yellow, black and green.