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Tile with One-Legged Katsina

Artist Unknown; Hopi

Artwork Details

Tile with One-Legged Katsina
circa 1880
Artist Unknown; Hopi
colored slip on earthenware
6 3/16 x 4 1/8 x 7/16 in. (15.6 x 10.4 x 1 cm)
Gift of Estelle Titiev, from the collection of Mischa Titiev
1984/2.14

On Display

Not currently on display

Description

Subject Matter:

Ceramic tile with Katsina. Katsinam (the plural of katsina) are ancestral spirit beings in the Puebloan religion, especially as practiced among the Hopi and A:shiwi (Zuni) peoples. There are more than 500 katsinam who interact with humans in these complex ceremonial cycles. 

Physical Description:

Light brown ceramic rectangular tile with a human-esque figure on the front in darker brown and red. Small hole pierced at the top and the bottom edges.

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