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gaan (mountain spirit dancer)
  • unknown Apache maker
  • gaan (mountain spirit dancer), late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, cotton, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 19.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 5/8 x 2 1/8 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5933

Standing figure on round base. The figure has three-pointed antlers on either side of head. The front of his headdress is white with white spikes on top and grey lines, and the rest is raw white cotton. Three carved black and white feathers on back. Brown face with painted eyes and eyebrows and red lips. He is wearing a long sleeved white top with a black collar and black detail at waist and hemline. White pants with blue-green ties at knees. He is holding a staff with two black and white carved feathers in the proper left hand and a small black rattle in the proper right. Black base.