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Talavai (morning singer katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Talavai (morning singer katsina), late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, string, yarn, feathers, fur, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 44 x 26 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 5/16 x 10 1/4 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5951

Standing figure with arms bent to sides.
Wooden feathers along back of head with a fur ruff in the middle. White feather on top of head. Blue face with Hopi cloud symbol on each cheek. Red ears and red hollow tube mouth with feathers inside. Eyes are thick horizontal black lines. Black and white squares along top and bottom of face. Green yarn ruff around neck. Torso and arms are painted red with bands of yellow and blue. Blue necklace painted around neck. Blue string around proper right wrist and yellow string around proper left wrist. Red belt outlined in green and black with black diamond shapes. White kilt with black, red, green, and white geometric designs. Long wooden sash at proper right side with red, blue, green, black, and white geometric patterns. Long brown wooden animal tail attached at waist. Proper right leg is blue with red string tied around top. Proper left leg is yellow with green string tied around top. Blue mocassin boots with black and white checkered rows.