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mongwu (owl katsina)
  • Johnny Ramos
  • mongwu (owl katsina), 1930–1994
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, feathers, paint, yarn, metal, buckskin, synthetic leather, plant fiber, ink, ribbon, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32.5 x 19 x 10 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Eva F. Bennett
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5780

Standing figure on round wooden base. White feathers and black yarn on top of head. Face and back of head completely covered in grey feathers. Black and yellow popout eyes and a yellow beak. Light brown buckskin sash across torso and back tied in the front with a brown piece of buckskin. Red with white spots and white ovals on chest, back, arms and legs. Turquoise ribbon with a metal medallion around each bicep. Black yarn tied around proper right wrist and brown buckskin with metal medallion tied around proper left wrist. Proper left hand holds plant fiber. Turquoise ribbon tied around waist with front and back synthetic leathers pieces and brown buckskin pieces on sides. Synthetic leather pieces are white with green, red, and black geometric designs. Black yarn tied around both knees. Red moccasins with brown buckskin fringe.