Turtle Katsina


From: United States of America | Arizona

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Turtle Katsina
Native Name Kahaila
Object Number 2017-15-3
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Creator Robert Harris Sr.
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint
Iconography Turtle | Cloud | Flower Blossom | Feather

Wooden Katsina doll carved from one piece of wood. The face is bisected vertically by a black and white line into green and yellow halves. The mouth is wide and rectangular and a black beard with feathers hangs below. A blue-painted flower blossom is attached to one side of the head and a painted feather on the opposite side. An unpainted blanket is wrapped around the body with a design around the lower edge. A colorful scene of clouds and turtles is painted over the front of the body. The base is carved to resemble a Pueblo village. This figure is an unconventional Turtle (Kahaila) Katsina. (Colton, H. 1959 #70, Wright, B., 1973 #185)

Height 21 cm
Width 7 cm
Depth 4.9 cm
Credit Line Gift of Ed and Pat Coyle, 2017

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