Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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unidentified katsina
  • Zuñi peoples
  • unidentified katsina, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, paint, yarn, buckskin, feathers, synthetic hair, cloth, leather, carving, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 40 x 19 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5969
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Description

The standing figure's arms are at the sides.

It has long black hair with blue, red and green braided yarn along the forehead and around the head. There is a yellow feather attached to the top of the head. It has a white face with a red stripe across the face and black rectangle eyes and mouth. There is a black circle surrounded by black dots on each cheek and a relief carved nose with a black tip. There is a black stripe around the base of the face. There is blue yarn around the neck. It has a bright orange torso and arms. The arms are articulated at the shoulders. There is a brown leather band with fringe around the elbows. It has light orange forearms and hands. There is black yarn around the proper right wrist and a black band with silver colored metal around the proper left wrist. It has a light brown buckskin and blue fabric skirt with a green belt. There are white, bright orange and light orange stripes around the legs and black cloth bands around the shins. It has red moccasins.