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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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