Zuni Pueblo Mudhead Katsina Doll Carved from Antler [SOLD]

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Carver Unknown
  • Category: Traditional
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: antler, leather, shell, turquoise
  • Size: 5” tall
  • Item # C4364G
  • SOLD

This Zuni Pueblo Katsina doll was carved from deer antler at some unknown date in the mid- to late-twentieth century. The antler was then darkened in pigment and the fetish dressed in a leather manta and adorned with a waist tie of turquoise, coral and hieshe.  The carving is of a Zuni Mudhead Katsina.

The carving is the same representation of a Mudhead as if it had been carved from wood.  The only difference is that it was carved from antler.

Condition: this Zuni Pueblo Mudhead Katsina Doll Carved from Antler is in very good condition

Provenance: from the collection of Dr. Florence Hawley Ellis of Albuquerque, passed to her daughter and then to her granddaughter, the current owner. Florence Hawley Ellis (1906–1991) worked as both an ethnologist and archaeologist teaching at the University of New Mexico in 1934, teaching courses on archaeology and cultural anthropology until her retirement  in 1971.

Recommended Reading: Zuni Fetishism by Ruth F. Kirk

Relative Links: Zuni Pueblokatsina dollZuni katsina dolls

 

Close up view of the face of this Mudhead Katsina Doll.
Carver Unknown
  • Category: Traditional
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: antler, leather, shell, turquoise
  • Size: 5” tall
  • Item # C4364G
  • SOLD

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