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sio avachhoya (Zuñi speckled corn katsina)
  • A. Raintree
    active: United States
  • sio avachhoya (Zuñi speckled corn katsina), 1978
  • Where object was made: Hano, Walpi, First Mesa, Southwestern United States
  • wood, yarn, feathers, plastic, buckskin, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 x 17.5 x 13.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 5/8 x 6 7/8 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5778

Figure in running position mounted to wooden log base. Single yellow feather on top of head and two white feathers on katsina's left side of head. Black head with blue flower eyes and horizontal blue line on each cheek. Blue zigzag shape outlined in red in middle of head. Buckskin circles attached to sides of the head, each with a light blue spoked wheel and red rim, identified as the Hopi blossom symbol. Red tube mouth and green yarn ruff around neck. Painted red body with white vertical lines on torso, arms, and back. Red yarn tied around wrists. Plastic green sprigs in hands and tucked into kilt around the waist. White leather kilt with painted black trim, black triangles, red flower designs and vertical green lines. Red leather belt with black "x"s and diamonds; two side sashes, fringe at bottom. Red legs splotched with white paint; below the knee, legs are black.Orange yarn tied right above moccasins. White moccasins with black fringe.