Tile with Palhikwmana katsina

Native American (Hopi Pueblo)
about 1892–99

Object Place: Hopi, Arizona, United States


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)





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.


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