Katsina Clown


From: United States of America | Arizona | First Mesa | Polacca

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Katsina Clown
Native Name Koshare | Koyala | Paiyakyamu
Object Number 40-27-7
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona | First Mesa | Polacca
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Date Made Early 20th Century
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint | Wool Yarn | Corn Husk
Iconography Clown

Wooden Katsina doll. The figure is painted with horizontal black and white stripes. The face has downturned eyes and a frowning mouth. Two horns are attached to the top of the head with shreds of corn husk at the ends. Corn husks are also attached to the sides of the head where ears would be. The arms are held upward and have yarn attached to the wrists. A red and white belt is painted around the waist and more yarn is wrapped around the knees. This figure is likely Paiyakyamu, the Gluttonous Hano Clown (Koshare or Koyala). (Colton, H. 1959 #60, Wright, B., 1973 #239)

Height 25.5 cm
Credit Line Gift of the Estate of Dr. John W. Harshberger and the Misses Harshberger, 1940

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