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kwikwilyaka (mocking katsina)
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • kwikwilyaka (mocking katsina), early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, yarn, cedar bark, feathers, leather, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21.5 x 9 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 7/16 x 3 1/2 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gene and Shirley Thomas
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0293

Standing figure, arms bent at elbow and forward of body. Figure wears a helmet-like mask with cylindrical eyes and nose (black and white stripes) and red ears. Mat draped on back of head with white feathers at front. Large black and white striped ruff. Red chest with yellow circle centered on neck and yellow forearms. Light blue yarn across chest and and wrapped on wrists. Formerly white armbands. White skirt with black hem and red sash with side panel in red, black green and blue. A stylized yellow carving of an animal skin is attached to the back of the waist. White shoes with red detail and black crosshatching over white legs.