Black Ogre Katsina


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

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Black Ogre Katsina
Native Name Nataska
Object Number 38888
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 | String
Iconography Ogre

Wooden Katsina doll. The face is painted black with a white bird track on the forehead. The eyes are bulging and the mouth is not present. One eye is damaged. A tuft of feathers is attached to the top of the head. There is a horn on either side of the head painted with white stripes and "V" designs. The body is painted with a blue and white shirt and black pants. This figure is likely the Black Ogre (Nataska) Katsina. (Colton, H. 1959 #29, Wright, B., 1973 #78)

Height 28 cm
Width 19.2 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedition to the Southwest, R. Stewart Culin, 1901

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