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Kachina Doll or
Social Dancer

Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.

Cottonwood with natural pigments
Circa 1900

Height: 7 ½ in. (19 cm)

Ex collection Lauris & Jim Phillips,San Marin, California

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.