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Kachina Doll

Arizona, USA

Payik’ala Katsina
Kachina doll with three horns

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments, feathers
Circa 1900-1910
Height: 13 in. (33 cm)

Ex collection George Shaw, Aspen
Ex private collection, USA

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.