Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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letter opener
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • letter opener, late 1800s–1998
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, carving
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5903

Wooden letter opener with a human head carved on the handle. The head is wearing a feather headdress, with feathers in white, red, green and yellow with black detail. There is an indication of black hair underneath. The face is painted red. The rest of the handle is light natural colored and undecorated. The blade is also natural wood colored.