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Kaletaka (warrior katsina)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • Kaletaka (warrior katsina), late 1900s–1979
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cottonwood root, paint, yarn, feathers, fur, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 18.5 x 8 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5963

The standing figure has arms that are bent to the front.

It has brown, white, and green feathers and red yarn attached to the top of the head. It has a green face with red ears. The eyes are black rectangles. The face has two black vertical lines, identified as a Hopi warrior symbol, on each cheek. It has a green snout with red lips and white teeth. There is a brown fur ruff around the neck and a black yarn sash around the right shoulder. It has a red torso. The upper arms have a green band just above the elbow. The forearms are black with white dots and have a black yarn tie around each wrist. The hands are white. It has a black wooden loincloth with red and green stripes. There is a red sash on each side with green and black geometric patterns. The upper legs are white and the lower legs are black with white dots. The knees are red. It has red moccasins with light brown leather fringe.