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ogre katsina (Nataska?)
  • Mardina Smith
  • ogre katsina (Nataska?), circa 1974
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, feathers, great blue heron feathers, fur, synthetic fur, buckskin, shell, yarn, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 29 x 17 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/8 x 6 11/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gene and Shirley Thomas
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0294.a,b,c

Figure (2010.0294.a) standing on his left leg with the right leg lifted and arms out wide but bent. The figure is black. He wears a mask with cylindrical eyes, a snout and two large ears. Brown hair, bright pink downy feathers and white feathers on top of head. Buckskin armbands and ties on forearms. He wears a black and white sash with red fringe and red apron with a black stepped triangle with blue-green stripes. Buckskin ties below knees. Fluffy white fur on brown boots.

He holds a cleaver-type knife (2010.0294.b) in the right hand a stick cane (2010.0294.c) in the left.