University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object TitleButterfly Maiden Kachina
Object Number:2009-10-37
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Arizona
Hopi Pueblo
Culture Area: Southwest (Culture Area)
Maker: Edward Calnimptewa
Acrylic Paint
Iconography:Butterfly Maiden
Credit Line:Gift of Richard William Wolf, Jr. in memory of his mother, Patricia J. Wolf, 2009


Butterfly Maiden Kachina. Carved, wooden figure standing on flat, oval undecorated base with white boots and leg coverings and black trim. Figure wears brown-black, knee-length garment with red-and-green-striped trim and waistband. White cape with red, white and brown-striped trim drapes shoulders and hangs to thigh level. Figure's light brown arms/hands bear a bracelet on each wrist. The proper right hand holds two feathers while the proper left holds a white dowel (broken off feathers?). Headdress similar to 2009-10-35 with multi-colored semi-circle terminating in five projections of alternating red arrows and black and white feathers (one feather broken off). Facial decoration also like 2009-10-36 with black rectangular eyes and cylindrical forehead projection. Figure wears green, red, and white necklaces and green teardrop-shaped earrings. Large bundle of white and brown feathers projects from back of head, as well as straight, long brown hair falling on back beneath three red strands hanging below feather bundle. Signed: "Edward Calnimptewa Butterfly Maiden".

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