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Catalog Number CAS 2016-0007-0024   CAS 2016-0007-0024; 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: First Mesa
Maker's Name Wendell Poleahla
Date of Manufacture Late 20th century
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Paint; Buckskin; Leather; Commercial felt; Commercial yarn; String; Cotton (cotton swab); Glue
Description Koshari Clown katsina with horizontal black and white striped body and buckskin-tasseled horns; Figure holds a round carved drum hanging on a loop in the left hand, and a single drum stick made of a painted cotton swab in the right hand; The figure is wearing carved and painted “denim” shorts with a leather sash around the waist; A leather bracelet is on the left wrist; Buckskin tassels are gathered at the ears and the yarn hair is bundled and wrapped at the nape of the neck; A buckskin medicine bundle hangs around the neck; Signed “Wendell Poleahla 1st Mesa Az.” in ink on base.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 27.8, Width = 11.3, Length = 9.2