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Kachina Doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Chakwaina Taha Amu Katsina
Chakwaina (Warrior) Uncle Kachina Doll

Carved cottonwood, natural pigments, fiber
Circa 1890
Height: 9 ¾ in. (25 cm)

Ex collection George Shaw, Aspen

Price: sold

America - Southwest
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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.