Tile with a warrior or guard katsina
Native American (Hopi Pueblo)
Object Place: Hopi, Arizona, United States
18.1 x 9.84 x 1.27 cm (7 1/8 x 3 7/8 x 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware with slip paint
Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)
Flat, rectangular tile with depiction of masked and ceremonially outfitted three-quarter length, frontal figure. Brown-black border of one wide and one hairline stripe. Figure is shown with a square face and geometric figures depicting the main facial features. The figure has two curled, striped horns and short, straight, vertical hairs above the arch of the top of the head. The body is shown in a triangular, hour-glass form wearing a woven, dotted, kilt-like garment. Prominent shoulders, circles as hands, and the suggestion of feathers at the wrists complete the figure.
Collection of Tony Berlant, Santa Monica, California, by about 1977; purchased by MFA at Sale no. 7066, Fine American Indian Art, Sotheby's, New York, 4 December, 1997, lot no.199.
Seth K. Sweetser Fund