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Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.

Alo Mana Katsina
Kachina maiden with butterfly headdress

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Circa 1900-1920
Height : 9 in. (23 cm)

Ex collection Tom Cleary, Santa Fe

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.