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Piptu Wuhti
  • Hopi peoples
  • Piptu Wuhti, late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: Third Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, yarn, feathers, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 x 16 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 5/8 x 6 1/4 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6002

It has white down and brown feathers on top of the head. It has a white face with clown features consisting of a droopy mouth and eyes outlined in red and black, a protruding white nose, and black yarn tufts on each side of the head. It has a black over the shoulder maiden dress with green and red borders, a white shawl with black and red borders, and black yarn tied at the wrists. There is a red "W" with a line across the top and vertical in the middle. It has white legs and red-brown moccasins.