Mudhead Katsina


From: United States of America | Arizona

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Mudhead Katsina
Native Name Koyemsi
Object Number 2009-10-42
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Creator Arnold Numkena
Section American
Materials Wood | Acrylic Paint
Technique Carved | Painted
Iconography Clown | Mudhead | Rattle

Wooden Katsina doll painted brown. The face has exaggerated features with three protrusions around the head and one on top. A yellow, carved scarf is wrapped around the neck and a dress is painted around the waist. Brown, black and white moccasins are painted over the feet. A rattle is held in one hand. The base is painted green around the outside edge. This figure is the Mudhead (Koyemsi), a type of Katsina clown. Made by Arnold Numkena. (Colton, H. 1959 #59, Wright, B., 1973 #238)

Height 28 cm
Outside Diameter 9.5 cm
Credit Line Gift of Richard William Wolf, Jr. in memory of his mother, Patricia J. Wolf, 2009

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