Butterfly Katsina


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

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Butterfly Katsina
Native Name Poli Taka
Object Number 2004-23-6
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona | First Mesa | Polacca
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Date Made 1941
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint | Feather | Metal
Technique Painted
Iconography Butterfly | Squash Blossom

Wooden Katsina doll. The face is painted blue with red and yellow over the eyes and an orange notch on the forehead. The mouth is a protruding beak. The ears are circular blossoms with feathers. Feathers are also attached to the top and back of the head. Two fuzzy antennae also stick up from the top of the head. Black, orange and white wings are attached to the back. The body is painted red, yellow and blue and a kilt is painted around the waist. This figure is the male Butterfly (Poli Taka) Katsina. (Colton, H. 1959 #119, Wright, B., 1973 #105)

Height 31.5 cm
Width 10 cm
Depth 12 cm
Credit Line Gift of the Estate of Frederica de Laguna, 2004
Other Number 300 (on bottom of left foot) - Other Number

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