Pawik kachina


From: Arizona | First Mesa | Hano

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Pawik kachina
Object Number 38717
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience Arizona | First Mesa | Hano
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Section American
Materials Leather | Fiber | Bone | Wood
Iconography Pawik | Kachina

A Hopi Katsina mask, likely the Duck (Pawik) Katsina, made from pieces of hide stitched together. The mask is painted with repeating, layered, curved designs in sets of three. Designs are in black, blue, and red and occur in different sequences of those colors. The mouth is an elongated wooden beak with a slot cut into the side. The slot is outlined with a red outline with white circles and then a black border around that. Ears are wooden semicircles painted red. A plant fiber ring is attached to the top of the head with holes made to insert feathers, but the feathers are missing.

Height 24 cm
Outside Diameter 21 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedition to the Southwest, R. Stewart Culin, 1901

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