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nataska (black ogre katsina)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • nataska (black ogre katsina), late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, feathers, sheepskin?, string, buckskin, yarn, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 26.5 x 18 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 3/8 x 7 1/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5792

Standing figure with left arm down and right arm raised and bent.

Black head with black hair and an orange feather on top. White horizontal lines across forehead and white interlocking curved lines, identified as Hopi friendship symbols, on each cheek. White popout eyes with black pupils. Protruding snout with white triangular teeth and red lips. Black horns with light blue stripes. Yellow wooden neck ruff. Light brown buckskin tunic. White arms with light blue band painted on each bicep. Right arm is raised up to head. Left arm is lowered at its side and holds a black bow. Each wrist has black yarn tied around it. White skirt with black, red and green geometric designs. Sash on right side of body has blue, green, red, white and black geometric designs. Grey animal fur tail attached to the back. Buckskin leggings with red and green yarn. Red moccasins.