Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.
Koshare Clown Katsina
Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Height: 14 ¼ in. (36 cm)
Ex collection Lillian Dunn Miller, Hollywood, CA
Kachina dolls (or katsinam) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo Indians 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.