White Ogre Katsina


From: United States of America | Arizona | First Mesa (uncertain) | Polacca (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title White Ogre Katsina
Native Name Wiharu
Object Number 40-27-2
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hopi
Provenience United States of America | Arizona | First Mesa (uncertain) | Polacca (uncertain)
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Date Made ca. 1900
Section American
Materials Cottonwood (Tree) | Paint | Wool Yarn | Cardboard | Metal
Iconography Ogre | Bird Track | Saw

Wooden Katsina doll with movable arms. The face is painted white with a green bird track on the forehead and large, bulging eyes. A headdress of metal feathers is attached to the back of the head. There is a painted horn on either side of the head and a large, open mouth full of teeth. The figure wears a painted skin over the shoulders, a sash around the waist, painted black pants and holds a saw in one hand. The skin and the sash are likely made of layered paper. This figure is the White Ogre (Wiharu) Katsina. (Colton, H. 1959 #31, Wright, B., 1973 #80)

Height 55 cm
Credit Line Gift of the Estate of Dr. John W. Harshberger and the Misses Harshberger, 1940
Other Number 38933 - Other Number

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