Zuni Hemis Katsina


From: United States of America | Arizona | Third Mesa | Oraibi

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Zuni Hemis Katsina
Native Name Sio Hemis | Sio Humis
Object Number 38918
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona | Third Mesa | Oraibi
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint | Feather | Yarn | String | Metal
Iconography Zuni | Corn | Cloud | Flower Blossom | Rainbow

Wooden Katsina doll. The face is bisected vertically into halves painted red and green. Plant symbols are painted above and below the eyes. The back of the head has feathers attached. An elaborate, tableta headdress is attached to the head painted black, green, blue, yellow and red. The headdress has corn, flower and rainbow imagery. The body is painted green with a kilt painted over the waist. This figure is the Sio Hemis (or Sio Humis) Katsina, borrowed from the Zuni. (Colton, H. 1959 #155, Wright, B., 1973 #216)

Height 35 cm
Width 13.5 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedition to the Southwest, R. Stewart Culin, 1901

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