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kahaila (turtle katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • kahaila (turtle katsina), late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: First Mesa?, Arizona, United States
  • wood, feathers, string, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 41 x 31 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 1/8 x 12 3/16 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5788

Standing figure with arms slightly spread. Purple, red, black, green and yellow bands across the face. Black rectangular eyes. Red ears. Red tube mouth has a green end. White feathers on crown of head. Two brown feathers on each side above ears. Back of the head is brown. White string tied around the neck. White torso with large black band extending to arms and a smaller green band on upper arm. Brown double "x" on each forearm. Pink string wrapped around both wrists. White sash with brown Hopi friendship symbols. White skirt with red, green, black and white geometric patterns. White legs and brown moccasin boots.