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Kachina Doll

Hopi Indians, Arizona, U.S.A.

Holi Katsina

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments

Circa 1920

Height: 9 ½ in. (24.5 cm)

Price: sold

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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.