Mudhead Katsina


From: United States of America | Arizona

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Mudhead Katsina
Native Name Koyemsi
Object Number 96-18-6
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Date Made 20th Century
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint | Feather | Felt
Technique Carved | Painted
Iconography Clown | Mudhead | Feather

Wooden Katsina doll painted reddish-brown. The face has exaggerated features and has four protrusions around the head and one on top. Each protrusion has a feather attached at the end. A black, felt scarf is wrapped around the neck and a black kilt is painted around the waist. Reddish-brown moccasins are painted over the feet. A feather is held in one hand. This figure is the Mudhead (Koyemsi), a type of Katsina clown. (Colton, H. 1959 #59, Wright, B., 1973 #238)

Height 21.5 cm
Width 10.5 cm
Outside Diameter 10 cm
Credit Line Gift of Drs. Fay & Walter Selove, 1996
Other Number 59 - Other Number

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