North America

Kachina Doll

Hopi
Arizona, USA

Possibly a Sakwa Hon Katsina
Blue Bear Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Circa 1930
Height: 8¼ in. (21 cm)

Price: on request

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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.