Butterfly Maiden


From: United States of America | Arizona

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Butterfly Maiden
Native Name Palhik Mana
Object Number 40-27-3
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Date Made Early 20th Century
Section American
Materials Cottonwood (Tree) | Paint | Feather | Cotton Cloth | Cotton String | Metal
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Wooden Katsina doll with movable arms. The face is painted white with triangular, hachured areas below the eyes. The eyes are rectangular with one outlined in yellow and the other in blue. The chin has multicolored lines radiating down from around the mouth. An elaborate, stepped, tableta headdress is attached to the head painted white, blue and red and has feathers attached. A painted, cloth blanket is worn over the body and a cloth dress underneath. This figure is the Butterfly Maiden (Palhik Mana). (Colton, H. 1959 #120, Wright, B., 1973 #106)

Height 45 cm
Width 38 cm
Credit Line Gift of the Estate of Dr. John W. Harshberger and the Misses Harshberger, 1940

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