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Hopi Pueblo Tall and Slim Crow Mother Katsina Doll - C4045C
Crow Mother is a female katsina, however, she is always personated by a male, as are all female katsinas. The carver well illustrated that this is a tall man. The body style is that of a young man, tall and slim. The doll is basically a complete wood carving but embellished with other materials-leather white wedding sash, fur neck ruff, and yarn and feathers on the head. She has a string for hanging on a wall and a pedestal for display on a flat surface. The pedestal is easily removable should one wish to display her on a wall. The carving appears to have been completely accomplished with a knife as beautifully illustrated on the white manta. There was no attempt, fortunately, by the carver to sand away the knife marks.
As we explained recently when posting another Crow Mother Katsina doll, there are two functions for which she is known-one is as Crow Mother and the other as Crow Bride. We repeat that explanation for those who missed it recently.
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