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Kachina Doll
Fire God

Zuni, New Mexico, USA

Shulawaisti Katsina
Fire God Kachina Doll

Carved wood, natural pigments, turquoise, cloth
Circa 1920-1930
Height: 11 ¼ in. (28.5 cm)

Ex private collection, USA

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.