Hemis Katsina


From: United States of America | Arizona | Grand Canyon

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Hemis Katsina
Native Name Hemis | Humis
Object Number 58-34-20
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona | Grand Canyon
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Date Made pre 1907
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint | String
Iconography Cloud | Rainbow | Phallus

Wooden Katsina doll. The face is bisected vertically into halves painted green and yellow. Cloud and plant symbols are painted above and below the eyes. An elaborate, tableta headdress is attached to the head painted black, white, yellow and red. The headdress has phallic and rainbow imagery. The body is painted black with a kilt painted over the waist. This figure is the Hemis (or Humis) Katsina. (Colton, H. 1959 #132, Wright, B., 1973 #214)

Height 45 cm
Width 12 cm
Credit Line Bequest of Elizabeth Smaltz (Mrs. Joseph E.), 1958

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