Object photography

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Object description

  • Hopi artist
  • Doll, 20th century
  • Wood, paint
  • Southwestern United States
  • H: 6 1/4 in, W: 3 in, D: 1 7/8 in (H: 15.9 cm, W: 7.6 cm, D: 4.8 cm)
  • Gift of D. Carleton Gajdusek, 2011
  • E77136


This is a wooden Katsina doll with painted features. Very geometric in form, the doll has a square shaped head and oval ears, and a protruding nose area. A circular blue section below the head may represent a necklace or collar. The doll's torso is also square shaped, with two arms bent at the elbow and extending outward. The lower body curves outward in the shape of a skirt, and the doll stands on two legs. The tip of the proper right foot has been lost. At one point, it also had attached feathers, which have now been lost. Colors of white, green, peach, black, red, and blue are used to paint the figure. There is a string wrapped around the neck which forms a loop so that the object may be hung.