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Tunei-nili (small river katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Tunei-nili (small river katsina), mid-late 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, paint, yarn, feathers, leather, string, fur, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 37 x 17 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 9/16 x 6 11/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6015
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Description
Inscriptions/Signature

The standing figure has a purple head and face. It has a white horn tipped in black on the top of the head. There is a black animal shape outlined in white on the back of the head. There is a tuft of grey and white feathers with large extending feathers on the left side of the head. There is a yellow knob with light brown string extending down to the shoulder on the right side of the head. The light brown painted headband is outlined in grey with fringe across the forehead. The black eyes are outlined in white, representing ears of corn, extending down to the yellow beak. There is a green yarn ruff and white string around the neck. The white torso has a blue painted necklace and light brown vertical, straight, and wavy lines across the chest, back and upper arms. There is a leather satchel across the right shoulder. Pink yarn is tied around the proper right wrist. It has a black painted wristband with a white and blue design. The white hands have light brown wavy lines. The proper left hand holds a tuft of white and grey fur. The black belt has white, black and blue designs. The blue kilt has a yellow and red border. The white legs have light brown vertical lines, identified as warrior marks. There are brown moccasin boots with light brown borders.