Mudhead Katsina


From: United States of America | New Mexico | Zuni Pueblo

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Mudhead Katsina
Native Name Koyemsi
Object Number 40-27-1
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Zuni
Provenience United States of America | New Mexico | Zuni Pueblo
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Date Made august 1925
Section American
Materials Wood | Paint | Cloth | Metal
Iconography Clown | Mudhead

Wooden Zuni Katsina doll with movable arms. The entire figure is blue, although traces of the original brown paint are still evident. The eyes and mouth are protruding and exaggerated. There are protrusions on the sides and top of the head. A black, cloth kilt is worn around the waist. This figure is the Mudhead (Koyemsi), a type of Katsina clown. (Colton, H. 1959 #59, Wright, B., 1973 #238)

Height 20.32 cm
Credit Line Gift of the Estate of Dr. John W. Harshberger and the Misses Harshberger, 1940

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