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Motsin (disheveled katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Motsin (disheveled katsina), late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, paint, fur, feathers, leather, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 44 x 25 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 5/16 x 9 13/16 x 6 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6004

The standing figure's right hand is raised. It has a black face outlined with white and light colored hair along the top and back of the head. There are red feathers on top of the head. It has white diamond eyes with white vertical stripes through them, a long horizontal red mouth with white triangle teeth and a black wooden beard with white horizontal stripes and a red tongue extending from the mouth. There is a black and white checkered wooden ruff around the neck. It has a yellow long sleeved shirt with blue bands on the upper arms. The black wristband has a white and green geometric pattern on the proper left wrist. The proper right arm is raised forward and the proper left arm is bent and held away from the body. It has a brown leather cape across the left shoulder and a white belt with red dots along the bottom. The wooden sash is in green, red, blue, white and black geometric designs. The long pants are blue. There are brown moccasin boots with green painted ties around the top and white dots down the outer sides.