Butterfly Maiden


From: United States of America | Arizona

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Butterfly Maiden
Native Name Palhik Mana
Object Number 38912
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint
Iconography Katsina | Dance Stick | Cloud

Wooden Katsina doll. The face is painted white with realistic human features. The hair is painted black and tied up in whorls on either side. A painted blanket is worn over the body and a black dress underneath. Dance sticks are held in the hands, each one painted with clouds above a Katsina. This figure is the Butterfly Maiden (Palhik Mana). (Colton, H. 1959 #120, Wright, B., 1973 #106)

Height 20.5 cm
Width 9.7 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedition to the Southwest, R. Stewart Culin, 1901

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