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kweo (wolf katsina)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • kweo (wolf katsina), late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: Hano, Walpi, First Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • wood, yarn, synthetic fur, buckskin, paint, feathers, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 45 x 24 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 11/16 x 9 7/16 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5937

Large wooden figure. Wolf head covered in black synthetic fur. Small red rounded ears at top of head. Black circle eyes outlined in red. Snout with tongue rolling out of mouth and long pointed white teeth. Black body with fringed buckskin sashes across chest. Red ovals on chest, arms, legs and back. Buckskin strips around biceps and wrists. Red hands with white spots. Blue yarn tied around proper right wrist. Light brown buckskin kilt with white wooden belt and sash. Sash is painted green, white, red and black with geometric designs. Red moccasins. Red pelt on back of figure attached at waist.

Head is currently separated from body. Remnants of green feather on top of head.