North America

Kachina Doll

Zuni, New Mexico, USA

Shulawitsi Katsina
Little Fire God Kachina doll

Carved cottonwood, natural pigments, beads,
turquoises, fabrics and fibers
Circa 1930s
Height: 9 in. (23 cm)

Ex private collection, California

Price: on request

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.