Zuni, New Mexico, USA
Fire God Kachina Doll
Carved wood, natural pigments, turquoise, cloth
Height: 11 ¼ in. (28.5 cm)
Ex private collection, USA
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.