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Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Alosaka Katsina
Deity of the Two-Horn Society / Two-Horned Priest Kachina Doll

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1920s
Height: 9 ½ in. (24 cm)

Published in:
The Great Tradition of Hopi Katsina Carvers 1880 to Present, Barry Walsh, 2019, p. 20, fig. 1

Price: sold

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