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Catalog Number

CAS 2012-0003-0005   CAS 2012-0003-0005; Katsina
Category Carvings
Object Name Katsina
Culture Hopi
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Navajo
Other Geographic Data Hopi Indian Reservation
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1960s to 1970s
Collection Name N/A
Materials Cottonwood root; Commercial paints; Feathers; Wool yarn; Commercial cloth
Description 3-dimensional carved figure representing Kwahu or Eagle katsina, shown in standing position slightly leaning to one side with his wings outstretched; Figure’s upper torso is painted a coral color, with broad yellow patch extending across left shoulder and down front and back and down left upper arm, and large blue patch across right shoulder and extending down front and back and down right upper arm; Left forearm is painted blue and right forearm is painted yellow; Hands and mid-torso down to knees are painted white; Left leg below knee and foot are painted yellow, while right leg below knee and foot are blue; Figure wears short carved and painted dance kilt at front, carved and painted dance sash at right side, carved and painted sash belt around waist, and carved and painted feather bundle at rear; Black yarns are tied at each knee and on each wrist; Carved and painted case mask is turquoise colored on face and brown on reverse; Large yellow beak extends from mask, with black inverted “V” above it; Red tab ears are decorated with bits of cloth to look like deer skin; Mask is decorated with various gray feathers around neck, and on reverse; Carved and painted (turquoise colored) bundle on figure’s forehead represents corn husk bundle usually worn by katsina; Both arms of figure are decorated with a row of larger gray and black feathers and rabbit fur (?) to represent the eagle’s wing feathers.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 41.0, Width = 38.7, Depth = 15.4