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Kachina Doll

Hopi Indians, Arizona, U.S.A.

Large Hololo Katsina (Moon Kachina)

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Height: 14 in. (36 cm)
Circa 1915-20

Ex collection Allan Kessler

Published: The American Dream, 2015

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.