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Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Tuvats Hu Katsina
Black Ogre (Whipper Kachina)

Carved cottonwood, natural pigments, dyed horsehair
Circa 1890-1900
Height: 9 in. (23 cm)

Ex collection Steve Nelson, California
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.

This kachina is one of the Whipper (Ogre) spirits. The Ogre's role is to maintain order during ceremonial dances. They act as guardians notably against the Clown Kachinas.