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Kachina Doll
Butterfly Maiden

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Pahlik Mana Katsina
Butterfly Maiden kachina doll

Carved cottonwood, natural pigments
Circa 1900
Height: 13 in. (33 cm)

Ex private collection, Arizona

Price: sold

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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.