Hopi Carving of "Zuni Fire God" Katsina
Shulawitsi or "Zuni Fire God" Katsina by Hopi artist Chester Poleyestewa is almost an exact duplicate of the Hopi Kokosori, but he is not related to Kokosori. A young boy who is innocent and pure of heart usually performs him. He carries a fire stick, signifying his responsibility as caretaker of one of the most important elements of the universe: fire. He is responsible for lighting fires before the Shalako ceremony prior to the winter solstice. The lighting of these fires is the signal for the Shalako to begin their ritual.
This piece is carved from cottonwood root in the traditional way and hand painted with mineral coloring. It is meant to be hung on a wall and has an attached string.
Measures 9 inches tall and 6 inches wide at widest point.