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Catalog Number CAS 2016-0007-0021   CAS 2016-0007-0021; Katsina
Category Carvings
Object Name Katsina
Culture Hopi
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name M. Symptewa
Date of Manufacture Early 1900s
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood: cottonwood root; Feathers; Paint; Leather; String; Dye; Glue
Description Whipper / Guard katsina with pinkish-red body, kilt and legs, and painted black chemise with pale blue arm bands; A painted snake design wraps around the kilt; Sash is decorated with black linear design; Face is pale blue with black four-pointed star outlined in pinkish-red dividing the face into quadrants; A black plus sign is painted in each of the quadrant quarters; Pinkish-red ears stick out to the sides; Thick collar with wide black and white stripes; Elaborate feather bundles on the top and back of head with additional feathers attached to back of head and fanning out in halo style; Top feather bundle is dyed red; This katsina was made in the early 20th century but in 19th century style, with old style hands close to the stomach; There is a string loop on back for hanging as the piece was not designed to stand up; Signed “M Symptewa” on underside of kilt.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 36.6, Width = 28.0, Length = 9.0