North America

Kachina doll

Hopi
Arizona, USA

Rugan Katsina (Rasp kachina doll)

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1910
Height: (21.5 cm)

Ex private collection, California

Price: on request

America - Southwest
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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 teaching tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.