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Catalog Number CAS 2016-0007-0034   CAS 2016-0007-0034; Katsina
Category Carvings
Object Name Katsina
Culture Hopi or Zuni Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona, New Mexico
County Navajo, AZ or McKinley, NM
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Wilfred Carl
Date of Manufacture Late 20th century
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Paint; Glue
Description Mana katsina with turquoise mask and black facial features; Eyes are horizontal rectangles, mouth is an inverted triangle with two black vertical lines on either side of triangle; Figure wears a white, one-shouldered dress with green and black designs interspersed with white, red, turquoise and mustard yellow; The dress is over the right shoulder, not the left, possibly indicating a cross-dresser; It is possible that this figure represents Waywa, the famous Zuni transgender teacher; Signed “Wilfred Carl” in ink on base.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 27.5, Width = 12.2, Length = 12.0