Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

gaan (mountain spirit dancer)
  • Apache peoples
  • gaan (mountain spirit dancer), late 1800s–1963
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, yarn, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 x 18 x 10 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 7 1/16 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5928

Wooden figure on round unpainted wood base. Black sack mask with round white eyes, two large horns on each side of head with two smaller branching horns tipped with light pink feathers. Horns are white with black dots and the tips are black with white dots. Single yellow feather on crown of head, pink bare torso painted with white sun on chest and back. Arms held away from body and bent forward with two white crosses painted on each arm and pink yarn tied at each wrist. Black and white painted belt, yellow kilt with red, blue, green crosses and pink vertical lines. Yellow moccasins with two pink horizontal stripes.