Carved cottonwood with original mineral paint; Indigo blue and green.
A very nice Hopi Kuwan Heheya Katsina with the original mineral paint and turkey feathers.
Depicting a pregnant female, this carving is very similar to that of the Hopi with the bent knees. This Oaku doll came from one of the Rio Grande pueblos. One of its purposes was to promote conception. A woman having trouble conceiving would carry the doll wrapped in her clothing, and would place it in the small of the back or in the front. There are signs that the figure was painted at one time and had hair attached on the back of the head.
10 1/4" high
Masau’u is the god of the surface of the world and controls passage to the underworld.Shown holding a fire pot representing the underworld.
All original paint with turkey feather trim. Repairs to feet.
10" in high
A very fine, Hopi Hemis Katsina by Jimmie Kewanwytewa (1889-1966). This Katsina was acquired directly from the artist at the Museum of Northern Arizona in 1962. Turkey feathers added. All original paint, no repairs.
14" high, 4 1/2" wide
Muuying'wah or Muyingwa (Anglicised spelling) germination deity. Possibly First Mesa. Original mineral paint, pheasant feather trim.
11 1/2" high
Eototo is the chief or "father" of all the katsina. He controls all of the weather and the seasons. His clothing is white deerskin.
A very nice Hopi Mongwa (Horned Owl) Katsina with the original mineral paint and turkey feathers.
8 1/2" high
Hopi Talhik Mana Katsina (Butterfly Maiden)
8 1/2" high, 6 1/2" wide
Butterfly Maiden with large tableta by artist Henry Shelton, Old Oraibi. An excellent example of katsina carving, sculpted entirely from one piece of cottonwood root. With removable mask.
Dimensions: 22½" h x 12" w.
"Sa-qua-ho-tea" Hopi Ahote Katsina. Made by Arthur Holmes, Sr. (Huminimptewa) from the Hopi Third Mesa.