Muyingwa Kachina Doll
Muyingwa / Alosaka Katsina
The Two-Horned Germination God
A supreme being /deity in the Hopi Kachina pantheon
Carved cottonwood and natural pigments
Height: 12 ½ in. (32 cm)
Kachina dolls (or katsinam) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo peoples in the American Southwest. Given to children, kachina dolls constituted a pedagogical tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.