Tile with a warrior or guard katsina

Native American (Hopi Pueblo)
about 1892–99

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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)




Decorative arts

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.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund