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 2017-15-2
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Creator Leonard Shulpa Sr.
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint | Feather | Yarn | String | Plant Fiber
Iconography Stick | Hand Print

Wooden Katsina doll carved from one piece of wood. The entire body is painted black with white hands painted on the torso and each appendage. Constellations of stars are painted on the cheeks. A green collar surrounds the neck. The waist is wrapped with an undecorated breechcloth and a stick is held in each hand. This figure is the Death fly (Mastop), a Chief Katsina. Made by Leonard Shulpa, Sr. (Colton, H. 1959 #6, Wright, B., 1973 #13)

Height 23.1 cm
Width 12.5 cm
Depth 9 cm
Credit Line Gift of Ed and Pat Coyle, 2017

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