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Kachina Doll

Object TitleButterfly Katsina
Native NamePoli 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
Early Date: 1941
Late Date: 1941
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Paint
Feather
Metal
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Butterfly
Squash Blossom
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

Description

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)

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