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CAS Anthropology Collections Database

Catalog Number

CAS 2012-0003-0006   CAS 2012-0003-0006; 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; Paint; Feathers; Commercial ribbon; Wool yarn; Artificial plant fiber; Cotton string
Description 3-dimensional carving representing Qömuvho’te (aka Hoote or Ho-ó-te) (no translation), shown in standing position; This katsina appears in the summer mixed katsinam dances and is a messenger to the rain gods; Figure’s upper torso is painted red or orange, except for area around neck and shoulders and forearms which are painted yellow; Legs are also painted yellow; Figure is dressed in carved and painted dance kilt (canvas strip along bottom is painted with design) and carved and painted dance sash at right side, all held in place with carved and painted sash belt; Painted blue and red moccasins are worn on feet; Black case mask includes black horns at sides painted with blue stripes; bulging black and white eyes, protruding snout mouth, white star and moon painted on cheeks, and multi-colored triangular area on top; Neck ruff made from artificial plant fibers simulates pine bough neck ruff; Mixed feather bundle is secured to top of mask and single black feather is suspended from each horn; Blue yarns are tied to each wrist and orange ribbon sash is draped diagonally across figure’s right shoulder; Figure carries blue rattle in right hand and bow in left hand, and is standing atop wooden block painted with cloud symbols on front, various animal tracks on back, ear of corn alongside each foot, and yellow, blue, and red bands along each side.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 35.4, Width = 16.0, Depth = 14.4