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Tawa (sun katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Tawa (sun katsina), late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, yarn, string, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 44.5 x 25 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 1/2 x 9 13/16 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6007

The standing figure's arms are bent and raised in front of the body. It has a white head with a round disc face and grey feathers all around the face. The face is a Hopi sun symbol with stylized black and white wooden feathers. The proper right upper quadrant is red and the proper left upper quadrant is yellow. The bottom half is blue. The colored sections are seperated by a black line with white rectangles. It has black rectangle eyes and a triangle mouth in the lower blue section of the face. The two black vertical lines are identified as a warrior's mark on each cheek. There is white string around the neck. It has a red torso. The proper left shoulder is blue with a blue line and a yellow line extending from the bottom. The proper right shoulder is yellow with a yellow and a blue line extending from the bottom. The proper left forearm is yellow and the proper right forearm is blue. There are red yarn ties around the wrists. Both hands hold blue rattles (the right one is broken off). The white hands have black lightning marks. The white skirt has blue and black borders on the bottom. The red belt is outlined in green with black linear patterns. The sash and kilt have red, green, black and white geometric patterns. The kilt also has black Hopi pyramid cloud symbols. The proper left leg is yellow and the proper right leg is blue. It has blue moccasins with red and yellow designs.