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These two katsina maidens are of the earlier “traditional” style with the head (mask) large in proportion to the body. They date from 1900 to 1920 and are about 10 inches tall.
Katsina are spirits of animate and inanimate things, and the Hopi have a tradition of carving representations of katsina dating back to at least the early 19th century. They are closely associated with ancestors, water and moisture, the key to life in the arid southwest. As spirit beings, they can cross the boundaries between the natural and supernatural worlds and so serve as vehicles for prayers to the deities who control natural phenomena, such as rain.
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