Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Honan (badger katsina)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • Honan (badger katsina), late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: Third Mesa?, Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, string, yarn, shell, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 30.5 x 11 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 x 4 5/16 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5978

The standing figure has bent arms.

It has a brown head with feathers on both sides and a white stripe oulined in black down the middle of the head extending to the snout. The black rectangle eyes are outlined in green. White semicircles filled with black dots are above both eyes. There are yellow semicircles outlined in black with black badger tracks on each cheek and a black stripe with white dashes across the bottom of the face. It has a brown torso and arms with white ovals on the chest, back, and both arms. The upper arms have a leather band with shells around them. The proper right hand holds a green rattle and the proper right wrist has a black yarn tie. The proper left wrist has a black, green and white painted band. Both hands are white with light brown detail. There is a yellow wooden animal tail attached at the waist on the back. It has a white kilt with a sash on the proper right side. The sash has green, blue, red, black, and white geometric patterns. The wahite belt has a black painted chain with green dots and a border of red and green dots. It has brown legs with white ovals and red moccasins with white soles.