Aug 18, 2005
Aug 18, 2005

Canteen with a Katsina-like Face

Canteen with a Katsina-like Face


Ceramic, slip

Overall: 21.5 x 24.5 cm (8 7/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Gift of Amelia Elizabeth White 1937.708


Since the 1500s, Hopi women made big-bellied canteens, based on Spanish prototypes, and used them to carry water. By the late 1800s, canteens became popular with Euro-American tourists, who increasingly flocked to the Southwest in search of encounters with “exotic” Native American cultures. Thus, Hopi artists embellished their wares to improve their appeal. This example is painted with a face similar to a Katsina’s, a spirit being central to Pueblo religion—but it is a fanciful rendition, not an actual Katsina. Could the maker have been taking control of her culture and its consumption by outsiders?

See also
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic, slip

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