Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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unidentified katsina
  • Hopi peoples
  • unidentified katsina, late 1900s–1979
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cottonwood root, paint, feathers, string, yarn, leather, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 x 10 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5989

The standing figure has a bow in the proper left hand and rattle in the proper right.

It has a yellow head and ears, with light blue feathers. The brown feathers on the back of the head attach to a blue circle outlined in red with two black vertical lines, identified as a warrior mark in the middle. It has a plant fiber headband. The figure has popout eyes and a black z-shaped band outlined in red behind both eyes. It has a small black snout. There is a dark green yarn ruff around the neck. The neck area and a portion of the shoulders are yellow. The rest of the torso and the upper arms are pink. The upper arms have blue bands. The forearms are yellow. The proper right hand holds a blue rattle. The proper left hand holds a bow and the wrist has a light brown leather band. Both hands are white with black lightning symbols. It has a light brown belt with white and blue designs and a black buckle. There is a brown wooden animal tail on the back. It has a white skirt with a black line and a dot border, yellow legs, and blue moccasins with black and red designs.