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wakas (cow katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • wakas (cow katsina), late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, feathers, paint, yarn, wool, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 51 x 24 x 29 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 1/16 x 9 7/16 x 11 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5786

Standing figure holding stick with knob before him. Light blue and yellow feathers and red yarn on top of white bull horns with black tips. Brown feathers attached to back of head. Brown case mask with red ears. Black eyes pop away from face. Brown snout with red wool tongue hanging from it. Green yarn ruff around neck. White on front of torso and arms, brown on back of torso and arms. Black forearms with pink and red thread around proper right wrist and silver painted around half of proper left wrist. Both hands clasp a light blue round rattle with long brown handle. Black belt with silver circles with blue dots. Light green kilt with waist sash with purple, black, white, red, and green geometric designs. Black legs with brown boots. Wooden yellow pelt on back hanging from waist.