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Sotuknangu (god of the sky)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Sotuknangu (god of the sky), late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 x 11 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 4 5/16 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5986
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Description

The standing figure's arms are in front of the body.

It has a white head and red ears. The cone on top of the head is half blue and half yellow, separated by a black line. The black rectangle eyes with black dots are in a triangle shape above the eyes. There is a black hourglass symbol on each cheek and a black triangle mouth. A white kerchief is painted around the neck. The torso is half blue and half yellow, separated by a black line with white vertical dashes. The arms and hands are relief carved around the body. The proper left arm is yellow with a red band on the upper arm. The proper right arm is blue with a red band on the upper arm. Both wrists have black painted ties. Both hands are white. It has a white kilt. The proper left leg is yellow and the proper right leg is blue. There are painted black ties around both knees. It has red moccasins with white soles.