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Tile with One-Legged Katsina

Accession Number
1984/2.14

Title
Tile with One-Legged Katsina

Artist(s)
Hopi

Artist Nationality
Hopi (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1880

Medium & Support
colored slip on earthenware

Dimensions
6 1/8 in x 4 1/16 in x 3/8 in (15.6 cm x 10.4 cm x 1 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Estelle Titiev, from the collection of Mischa Titiev

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.

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
tile

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
ceramic tile
human figures (visual works)
kachina dolls
legs
plaque

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