Object photography

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Object description

  • Hopi artist
  • Prayer wand, mid-late 19th century
  • Wood, pigment, grain, turkey feather
  • Arizona, United States
  • L: 21 1/2 in, W: 3 3/4 in, D: 1 in (L: 54.6 cm, W: 9.5 cm, D: 2.5 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3807


This is a prayer wand used in dance. The object is made from a rectangular flat board with one end whittled as a handle. The back is white and on this bound long sheaths of grain, projecting beyond the top. Three turkey feathers stick up from the top; four set each of two downy feathers fastened to sides. The front of the wand is green and blue with designs which are bold in many colors. Further Remarks: Collected by Col. T. Stevenson.