Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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unidentified katsina
  • Hopi peoples
  • unidentified katsina, late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, yarn, feathers, fur, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 35.5 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5956
Multimedia
Description

Standing figure holding a staff in his left hand and a cornhusk in his right.

Brown and red feathers at back of the head with yarn tuft in yellow, dark blue, green and purple. White and light green and blue feathers at top of head. Proper left half of face is red and proper right half of face is blue. Proper left ear is red with a white x and proper right ear is blue with a white x. Back of head is brown with white xs along the sides. Black and white squares along top of face and down the middle. Eyes are black rectangles. Black downturned beak. Light colored plant fiber ruff around neck. Brown yarn sash crisscrossing chest. Red torso with white crossed lines. Blue band on each upper arm with red and dark blue yarn and light brown feathers. White forearms. Proper left wrist has a light brown leather band around it and the hand holds a white staff wrapped in brown yarn with two brown feathers attached. Proper right wrist is wrapped with orange and blue yarn and the hand holds green corn husk. Red belt outlined in green and black with black line patterns. White loincloth: front has rainbow, Hopi cloud symbol, and two tadpoles; back has a painted blue corn ear. Legs are red with white vertical lines. Proper left knee has blue and orange yarn wrapped around it and proper right knee has green and yellow yarn wrapped around it. White moccasins with dark brown fur ruff and black soles.