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Kokopelli (assassin fly katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Kokopelli (assassin fly katsina), late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, yarn, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32.5 x 18 x 16 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/4 x 7 1/16 x 6 1/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5973
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The standing figure has bent arms.

It has a black face with a white stripe down the middle. There is bright orange yarn and a brown feather attached at the top. It has red ears and white pothook eyes. The white cone nose is upturned. There are white and black squares on a wooden ruff around the neck. The white long sleeved tunic has a blue and red painted necklace. There is a black painted sash across the proper right shoulder and a rounded hump on the center of the back. There are blue bands on the upper arms and a black wristband a with white and blue geometric design on the proper left wrist. The proper right hand holds a brown rattle with white spots. The proper left hand holds a white staff. Both hands are brown with white spots. It has white pants with a black band on each shin and blue moccasin boots with yellow and red designs.