Kachinas Archives

Kachina Doll

Hopi Indians, Arizona, U.S.A.

Large Holi Kastina

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1900-1910
Height: 11 in. (28 cm)

Ex collection Allan Stone, New York, 1980s

 

Price: sold

America - Southwest
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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.