Broad Faced Katsina


From: United States of America | Arizona

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Broad Faced Katsina
Native Name Wuyak-kuita
Object Number 2017-15-10
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Creator Gary Shulpa
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint | Feather | Yarn | Hide | Yucca Leaf | Hair | Mollusk Shell
Iconography Whip | Snake

Wooden Katsina doll carved from one piece of wood. The face is painted black and green and a large fan of feathers is attached behind the head. The eyes are bulging, the mouth is wide and a long beard hangs below it. A painted kilt is wrapped around the waist and a whip made of bundles of yucca is held in each hand. This figure is the Broad Faced (Wuyak-kuita) Katsina who guards the Katsina ceremonies. Made by Gary Shulpa. (Colton, H. 1959 #22, Wright, B., 1973 #26)

Height 36.5 cm
Width 21.9 cm
Depth 15.8 cm
Credit Line Gift of Ed and Pat Coyle, 2017

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