Tile with Palhikwmana katsina

Native American (Hopi Pueblo)
about 1892–99


Object Place: Hopi, Arizona, United States

Dimensions

18.41 x 10.48 x 1.27 cm (7 1/4 x 4 1/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1998.6

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Flat, rectangular tile with depiction of masked and ceremonially outfitted three-quarter length, frontal figure. Red border of one wide and one hairline stripe. Figure is shown with a “U”-shaped head wearing a headdress of three triangular shapes, one to each side and one on top. Within each triangle are two triangles, one red and one brown-black and two scallops. Eyes are triangular slits, cheeks bear red circles, and triangles cover the area from nose to chin in alternating colors. Ringed neck, bulbous shoulder/upper arms terminating with feathered circles, and sweeping triangular body clad with a garment decorated with steps and triangles complete the figure.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund