A:Shiwi Shu'laawi'si Fire God Katsina

By Bart Gasper, Jr.

Animal: Fire God Katsina Doll, Material: Cottonwood
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Sacred Shu'laawi'si Fire God katsina is a caretaker of fire for Zuni religious doings. Carved from traditional cottonwood root by Bart Gasper, Jr., his extraordinary woodworks are collectible because of their exquisite detail and carefully applied acrylic paints. Finely carved feathers, necklace, robe, Deer and moccasin are some of the meticulous parts. Below him are etched and burnished designs perhaps a walled kiva, a crescent moon, stars, rainclouds, growing corn, trees, bird tracks, Deer or Elk and Dragonflies. Signed and dated by the artist. Including the base, measurements are about 11 1/2" tall, 3 1/8" wide and 3 1/2" deep.

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