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Kwikwilyaka (mocking katsina)
  • Rod Phillips
    1948–2005
    active: United States
  • Kwikwilyaka (mocking katsina), 1960–1980
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, juniper bark, paint, yarn, shell, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 x 20 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 5/8 x 7 7/8 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5967
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The standing figure's arms are in front of the body. It has a black head with a bundle of plant fiber tied to the top and black and white striped tube eyes and mouth. There are three horizontal white stripes on the forehead and cheeks and black and white squares around the base of the head. The head is turned to the proper left side. It has a red torso and arms with white spots. There is string tied at the neck with a shell pendant. Black yarn is tied around the proper right wrist. The proper right hand holds a blue rattle and the proper left hand holds a white staff. There is orange yarn around the waist and the blue pants are rolled at the knees. The penis is exposed with urine running down the pants and onto the shoe. It has red legs with white spots and green sneakers.