Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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unidentified katsina
  • Hopi peoples
  • unidentified katsina, late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 x 13 x 9.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 5 1/8 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6008

The standing figure has a large tuft of grey feathers and down on the top of the head. It has a light blue and red geometric face, black rectangle eyes, and a black tube mouth with orange rectangles on the sides. It has orange blossom ears with blue and white sides and white feathers. There is black string around the ears. There is a light green wooden ruff around the neck. The orange torso has a yellow right shoulder and a light blue left shoulder. The upper arms are orange. The proper right forearm is light blue and the proper left forearm is yellow. There are black painted ties around the wrists. The arms and hands are relief carved around the waist. The white kilt has a black and light blue border with black detail. There are green, orange, blue, black and white geometric designs on the proper right side. The proper left leg is light blue and the proper right leg is yellow. It has orange moccasins with black borders.