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sipikne (Zuñi warrior katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • sipikne (Zuñi warrior katsina), late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: Hano, Walpi, First Mesa, Southwestern United States
  • wood, paint, yarn, cloth, beads, plant fiber, ribbon, feathers, string, leather, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25.5 x 10.5 x 13.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/16 x 4 1/8 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5799
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Description

Standing figure with arms in front of body, each holding plant fibers. White head with red, blue and orange wheel-like design (identified as the Hopi blossom symbol) on each side. Short dowel rod wrapped in feathers and blue yarn on top of head. Black connected eyes and long red tube mouth with blue end. Black yarn ruff around neck. Red, white, and blue beaded necklace. Plain white torso and arms. Arms are articulated at the shoulders. Left wrist has black leather band with rectangular silver colored metal decoration and right wrist has black yarn wrapped around it. Both hands hold yucca whips and the left hand also holds two white wooden blocks. Yucca whips are tied with green string. Light blue belt and discolored white cloth skirt. Skirt has stacked black triangles on the white portion, and white diamonds on the black portion. The diamonds ar outlined with red rick rack and separated with green ribbon. Ribbon at sides has small blue tassels at the ends. White legs and red-brown moccasin boots. Green yarn ruff around both ankles.