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Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Ho’ote Katsina

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Circa 1900
Height : 8 ¾ in. (22.5 cm)

Ex collection Matt Wood, Washington, USA

Ill. in: Mémoires d’une poupée Kachina, Editions Makassar – L’Enfance de l’Art, 2018

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.
This is a kachina that will bring good fortune to the sponsor of the dance and to his kiva members and the village at large. He may appear as a Line Dancer or come in the Mixed Dance. Despite the horns and the fearsome appearance, he is a kindly kachina and is often danced on all of the mesas.