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talavai (morning singer katsina)
  • Brian Honyouti
    1947–2016, active 1970s–2016
    born: Hotevilla, Arizona, United States ; active: United States
  • talavai (morning singer katsina), 1996
  • Where object was made: Hotevilla, Third Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • cottomwood root, paint, turquoise, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 x 14 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: Friends of the Anthropology Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5932

Standing figure on base. Twelve carved feathers at back of head with smaller feathers directly on top of head. Tuft of carved dark feathers on back of head. Light blue face with red rounded ears and white triangle earrings. Eyes are thick black horizontal lines and face has three colored semicircles with red crooked arrows, identified as a cloud symbol, on each cheek. Red and light blue tube mouth. Evergreen ruff around neck. White shawl with red horizontal stripes wrapped around shoulders. Proper right hand holds a silver bell in front of body. Proper left hand holds a small tree closer to body. White kilt with sash around waist that has geometric designs in red and green. Legs and arms are yellow and light blue. Figure is wearing red boots. Top of base is a mixture of red and yellow colors with a piece of turquoise embedded in front. Carved scenic view of southwestern plateaus around base. One side has a rising sun figure (rays are actually carved feathers).