This carved and painted wood Katsina (or Kachina) is of a Shalako, which we know from the signature on the bottom. The piece carries the signature C. Tsosie, a Navajo carver known for this tall style of carved and painted sculptures. This is made of wood and has a base. The sculpture has long and slender with a colorful and almost geometric style painting. The hair in particular is striking, with lots of small lines carved into the wood representing the strands of hair, and shadowing that is effective in showing depth and texture. The carved hogan at the bottom also stands out. But what I love most is the color combination and the designs of the "blanket" around the figure's shoulders and body. The base is raw and unstained with some cracks. The sculpture leans slightly, by design, but is solid on the base.
Measures about 16-1/2" tall by about 2" across at the widest point near the bottom. The base is about 3" in diameter. Weighs 11.2 ounces.
Great gift for the person who appreciates Southwestern culture.
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