pu-u-kow kachina


From: Arizona | Walpi | First Mesa

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title pu-u-kow kachina
Object Number 38721
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience Arizona | Walpi | First Mesa
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Section American
Materials Leather | Pigment | Wood
Iconography Kachina

A Hopi Katsina mask made from hide painted black. Traces of other colors of pigment are evident on the face and sides of the mask. The forehead has a zigzag pattern with green and red triangles painted. The bulging eyes are made from balls of hide stuffed with plant fiber and painted black and white. The mouth is an elongated wooden beak painted black with a red outline around the mouth opening. A strip of red cloth is in place of an ear. Hide straps line the bottom edge of the mask and a few straps are also at the top.

Height 24 cm
Length 31 cm
Width 26 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedition to the Southwest, R. Stewart Culin, 1901

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