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Köcha Mosairu (white buffalo dancer)
  • Larry Hobbs
  • Köcha Mosairu (white buffalo dancer), late 1800s–1998
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, rabbit fur, shell, buckskin, paint, feathers, leather, yarn, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 51.5 x 42.5 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 1/4 x 16 3/4 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Security Benefit Group of Companies
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6476

The figure is apparently dancing on part of a log. It has a white face with human features. There is a black horizontal line across the nose. The mouth is open revealing teeth. The head is covered in white fur. There are black horns on the sides with feathers attached with a buckskin strip. There is a blue and red leather medallion with a buckskin strip attached on the back of the head with a green feather under the medallion. The figure has a white torso with a black oval with white dots on the stomach and back. There is a shell necklace painted blue and red and leather sashes with shells across both shoulders. It wears a white fur cape covering the back and shoulders. The white upper arms have a buckskin fringed band. The forearms are black with white dots. The wrists have a buckskin band with shells. The proper right hand holds a green rattle with a red, black, and white linear design. The proper left hand holds a wooden instrument with strips of buckskin and feathers. The figure wears a buckskin belt with shells attached and a white painted leather kilt with a black, brown, and green border and geometric designs. There is a leather and green yarn sash attached to back at the waist. The upper legs are white. The lower half of the legs are black with white dots. There is a buckskin tie around both knees and light brown moccasin boots with white fur fringe on the feet. The figure stands on an unfinished piece of wood.