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Kweo (wolf katsina) with spear
  • M.L. Begay
    active: United States
  • Kweo (wolf katsina) with spear, late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, fur, buckskin, leather, turquoise, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 51 x 23 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 1/16 x 9 1/16 x 8 11/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6475.a,b
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The standing figure (2007.6475.a) has a spear (2007.6475.b) held in the proper right hand.

The head is covered entirely in grey fur extending to the middle of the back. It has grey pointed ears with red centers and red tube eyes with black pupils outlined in white. The rectangular open snout is bearing pointed teeth and the leather tongue is hanging out. The black nose is painted on the end of the snout. The grey torso has a black wolf print painted in the center. The grey arms have fur and blue buckskin fringe on the wrists. There is a square piece of turquoise on each wrist. The black hands have white spots and the proper right hand holds a black pointed spear and the proper left hand holds a black shield with a white square pyramid (identified as the Hopi cloud design) reflected on itself. The figure wears a blue buckskin fringe belt with a piece of turquoise at the center and a leather skirt painted white with a black border with blue buckskin fringe on the sides. It has black, green, and red geometric designs. It has grey legs and black moccasins with blue buckskin covers and a piece of turquoise on the outer sides. The figure stands in a dancing pose on a round unfinished wooden base.