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Hon (bear katsina)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • Hon (bear katsina), late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, synthetic fur, synthetic leather, yarn, cloth, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 x 9.5 x 10 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5999

The standing figure's arms are bent at the waist. It has a white head with feathers on the top. It has black rounded ears with feathers attached. The eyes are black oval outlines. The black snout is open showing white teeth. There is a synthetic fur ruff around the neck along with white string around the neck. There are brown synthetic leather sashes across both shoulders with fringe on the ends. The white torso has a black circle with white dots on the chest and the back. It has white arms with blue fabric bands on the upper arms. The forearms are black with white dots. The proper right wrist has a green yarn tie and the proper left wrist has a brown wristband. Both hands are white with brown lightning marks. The white kilt has a black border and brown lines down the right side and a white belt with brown slanted marks. Attached to the belt on the front and the back is a black square piece of fabric with a red and green yarn border. There is a synthetic fur tail attached on the back at the waist. The legs are black with white dots and there are green yarn ties around both knees. It has brown moccasins with white soles and leather fringe around the ankles.