Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Kona (chipmunk katsina)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • Kona (chipmunk katsina), late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: Second Mesa?, Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, shell, sheepskin?, leather, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 x 18 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/4 x 7 1/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6003

The standing figure's head has striped feathers on the top and sides of the head. It has a brown head with a white stripe outlined in black down the middle of the face and snout. The black snout holds a white feather. It has green eyebrows outlined in black and black almond eyes outlined in orange. There are orange paw prints on the cheeks. It has a light colored sheepskin ruff around the neck and leather sashes with shells around both shoulders. It has a white chest and a black back. There is a black semicircle with white dots on the stomach. There are brown leather fringed bands on the upper arms. The forearms are black with white dots and the wrists have black yarn ties. The hands are white with brown lightning marks. It has a light green kilt with a brown belt with silver circles spotted with blue dots. The wooden sash has green, silver, black, white and red geometric designs. It has black legs and red-brown moccasins.