Death Fly Katsina


From: United States of America | Arizona

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Death Fly Katsina
Native Name Mastop
Object Number 2017-15-1
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Creator R.S. Pentewa
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint | Feather | Twine | Hide | Mollusk Shell
Iconography Stick | Shell | Hand Print

Wooden Katsina doll carved from one piece of wood. The entire body is painted gray with white hands painted on the torso and each appendage. A green collar surrounds the neck. The waist is wrapped with an animal skin and the moccasins are dyed red. A throwing stick is held in one hand and a shell rattle is attached at the waist. This figure is the Death fly (Mastop), a Chief Katsina. Made by R. S. Pentewa. (Colton, H. 1959 #6, Wright, B., 1973 #13)

Height 20.8 cm
Width 18 cm
Depth 5.4 cm
Credit Line Gift of Ed and Pat Coyle, 2017

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